Monumental church on a hill
A church has stood on a hill in Přeštice in Western Bohemia
not far from Plzeň
for almost a thousand years. In the first half of the 18th
century, the capacity of the original Gothic church was no longer sufficient so it was replaced by the monumental
church in Baroque style.
Its construction took place from 1750 to 1775 following the outstanding design of Kilian Ignatius Dientzenhofer
, who directed the construction until his death in 1751. Interestingly, the tower domes were completed following the original plans as late as 1995, when the church received an extensive makeover.
Czech Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without Baroque music
The town of Přeštice is also known as the birthplace of Jakub Jan Ryba
, a teacher by profession and Baroque music composer by volition
. He collected folk songs and composed more than 1300 pieces of music. Being considered the most famous of his compositions, the Czech Christmas Mass
definitely must not be missing from the repertoire of any choir at Christmas.