Catholic Pilgrimage Site - Stara Boleslav

Site of st. Wenceslas´s martyr death.

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Stara Boleslav is the oldest pilgrimage location in the country. It dates from the 10th century. Wenceslas, incidentally, is the patron saint of our country, and was murdered in Stara Boleslav´s St. Kosmas and Damian church in 935.
4 HOUR ROUND TRIP

A combination with Catholic pilgrim site the Holy Mountain in Pribram , Ajeto glassworks , Novy Bor crystal factories , Sychrov castle , Kost castle , Vintage Skoda car museum or Skoda car faktory
is availbale.

"Good King Wenceslas looked out on the Feast of Stephen,
When the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even.
Brightly shone the moon that night, though the frost was cruel,
When a poor man came in sight, gathering winter fuel."

The good King Wenceslas known from the popular Christmas carol. Good King Wenceslas is also known as Saint Wenceslas (in the UK) or Saint Wenceslaus (in the USA).

Stara Boleslav is the second most important pilgrimage site in the Czech Republic after the Holy Mountain in Pribram. It is the oldest pilgrimage location in the country, and dates from the 10th century.

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The history of the town reaches back to the first half of that century, when Boleslav, the brother of Duke Wenceslas (Vaclav), built a residence near the Labe and Jizera rivers. Wenceslas, incidentally, is the patron saint of the Czech Republic, and was murdered in Stara Boleslav´s St. Kosmas and Damian church.
Today, the church is named after the famous St. Vaclav (St.Wenceslas). The present appearance of the basilica dates from the 12th century. The building was damaged twice - during the Hussite wars in the 15th century and by the Swedish army in 1640. In 1691 it was reopened and during the following century it was redecorated. This is the church we know today. In 1674, the so-called Holy Way - a road from Prague to Stara Boleslav - was built, and decorated with 44 Baroque chapels. Those that survived were restored a short time ago and it is possible to see several of them on the old road near the town of Brandys nad Labem.

Stara Boleslav played an important role in the beginning of the Premyslid state. There are two famous pilgrimage churches – Basilica of Saint Wenceslas and the Church of Ascension of Virgin Mary.

Stara Boleslav got famous by an important historical event – prince Wenceslas, one of the most important sovereigns in our history, was assassinated by his own brother Boleslav in 929 there. And therefore the basilica was built on the same place where Wenceslas died. Prince was later cannonized and proclaimed a saint patron of Bohemia and a symbol of the Czech statehood.

Stara Bloeslav is also well known for the bronze relief of the Virgin Mary with her child Jesus, Palladium of the Bohemian lands.

The legend says that local farmer found this relief in 1160 and it was said to have a miraculaous power.

According to the legend Saint Ludmila, Saint Wenceslas´ grandmother, gained it from Saint Metod and prince Wenceslas inherited it. After his assassination one of his friends blessed Podiven to take it and hide it as the enemies of Saint Wenceslas could not get it. Unfortunately Podiven was murdered too.
The baroque church was built on the same place in 17th century and it is situated near basilica.

Church of Saint Kliment, which is situated next to basilica of St. Wenceslas, belongs to the oldest romantic buildings in the Czech Republic. It was built in about 11th century and decorated in 12th century.



NE from Prague
It is a 4 hour round trip
Trip:
1)Stara Boleslav St. Wenceslas´s Martyr Death CNE3 - 4hour round trip

Trips combinations:
2)Stara Boleslav St. Wenceslas Martyr Death Site CNE3 + Holy Mountain in Pribram CS1 - 8hour round trip
3)Stara Boleslav St. Wenceslas Martyr Death Place CNE3 + Kasak´s glassworks CE3 - 6hour round trip
4)Stara Boleslav St. Wenceslas Martyr Death Place CNE3 + Skoda historical cars museum CNE1 - 8hour round trip
5)Stara Boleslav St. Wenceslas Martyr Death Place CNE3 + Melnik castle-wine-tasting CN1 - 8hour round trip
6)Stara Boleslav St. Wenceslas Martyr Death Place CNE3 + Skoda historical cars museum CNE1 and Skoda car factory CNE2 + Melnik castle-wine-tasting CN1 - 10hour round trip
7)Stara Boleslav St. Wenceslas Martyr Death Place CNE3 + Nelahozeves castle-gallery CNW1 - 8hour round trip
8)Stara Boleslav St. Wenceslas Martyr Death Place CNE3 + Skoda historical cars museum CNE1 and Skoda car factory CNE2 + Nelahozeves castle-gallery CNW1 - 10hour round trip
9)Stara Boleslav St. Wenceslas Martyr Death Place CNE3+ Kutna Hora medieval town CE1 - 9hour round trip
10)Stara Boleslav St. Wenceslas Martyr Death Place CNE3 + Skoda historical cars museum CNE1 and Skoda car factory CNE2 + Kutna Hora medieval town CE1 - 10hour round trip
11)Stara Boleslav St. Wenceslas Martyr Death Place CNE3 + Kourim CE4 or Prerov folk architecture mueums CE5 - 8hour round trip
12)Stara Boleslav St. Wenceslas Martyr Death Place CNE3 + Skoda historical cars museum CNE1 and Skoda car factory CNE2 + Kourim CE4 or Prerov folk architecture mueums CE5 - 10hour round trip
13)Stara Boleslav St. Wenceslas Martyr Death Place CNE3 + Kourim CE4 and Prerov folk architecture mueums CE5 - 9hour round trip
14)Stara Boleslav St. Wenceslas Martyr Death Place CNE3 + Kutna Hora medieval town CE1 - 11hour round trip
16)Stara Boleslav St. Wenceslas Martyr Death Place CNE3 + Terezin conc. camp CNW3 - 9hour round trip
17)Stara Boleslav St. Wenceslas Martyr Death Place CNE3 + Ajeto glassworks CN8 + Novy Bor crystal factories CN3 - 12hour round trip
18)Stara Boleslav St. Wenceslas Martyr Death Place CNE3+ Ajeto glassworks CN8 - 8hour round trip
19)Stara Boleslav St. Wenceslas Martyr Death Place CNE3 + Novy Bor crystal factories CN3 - 8hour round trip
20)Stara Boleslav St. Wenceslas Martyr Death Place CNE3 + Vintage Skoda car museum CNE1 + Ajeto glassworks CN8 + Skoda car faktory CNE2 - 11hour round trip
21)Stara Boleslav St. Wenceslas Martyr Death Place CNE3 + Vintage Skoda car museum CNE1 + Novy Bor crystal factories CN3 - 10hour round trip
22)Stara Boleslav St. Wenceslas Martyr Death Place CNE3 + Sychrov castle NN4 - 8hour round trip
23)Stara Boleslav St. Wenceslas Martyr Death Place CNE3 + Skoda car faktory CNE2 + Sychrov castle NN4 - 9hour round trip
24)Stara Boleslav St. Wenceslas Martyr Death Place CNE3 + Vintage Skoda car museum CNE1 + Sychrov castle NN4 + Skoda car faktory CNE2 - 10hour round trip
25)Stara Boleslav St. Wenceslas Martyr Death Place CNE3 + Kost castle NN5 - 8hour round trip
26)Stara Boleslav St. Wenceslas Martyr Death Place CNE3 + Skoda car museum CNE1 + Kost castle NN5 - 9hour round trip
27)Stara Boleslav St. Wenceslas Martyr Death Place CNE3 + Vintage Skoda car museum CNE1 + Kost castle NN5 + Skoda car faktory CNE2 - 10hour round trip




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