Skalka pilgrimage site

Skalka pilgrimage site

A romantic area tempting visitors to go for a trip in the countryside

Located southwest of Prague, on Skalka Hill, the pilgrimage site with the Church of St. Mary Magdalene is accessible via a nature trail starting at the town of Mníšek pod Brdy, and features the restored Stations of the Cross and chapels from 1672. The church offers a stunning view of the town of Mníšek pod Brdy and the surrounding countryside.  
At the end of the 17th century, a set of buildings, later called Skalka, was erected on a rocky hill near the town of Mníšek pod Brdy not far from the monumental Karlštejn Castle. The first building in Baroque style was the Church of St. Mary Magdalene constructed at the end of the 17th century by one of the very best Baroque architects - Christopher Dientzenhofer. Other buildings were completed later, such as the monastery located not far from the church and the hermitage on the very top of the hill. Both structures were built for Benedictine monks.

The Interior of the Church of St. Mary Magdalene was designed as an imitation of a cave, with stalactites hanging from the walls and ceilings and pebbles from the nearby River Berounka covering the floor. Unfortunately, only very few elements of the original design have been preserved to the present day.
The church and the other buildings suffered damage due to iron mining works conducted in the 1950s. The walls of the church and other buildings started to crack and hollows began to appear in the surrounding terrain. Despite this, some of the artwork has been preserved, such as the rare ceiling painting of St. Mary Magdalene by the Czech Baroque painter Petr Brandl, which was removed and transferred to another nearby church. Today, you can take a peek into the church during the summer period when it hosts exhibitions.


Mníšek pod Brdy