When returning home from Křivoklát, we stopped for a while by a group of buildings we noticed along the way and which arose our curiosity.


We found out that the complex represents a regional museum and gallery Mariánská Týnice which has been placed in the premises of a former Cistercian pilgrimage destination. When I read that the museum was opened in 1952, I wasn’t much surprised as the fifties, having been under the communist rule, were quite unfavourable to religious orders and religion generally. On the other hand, the buildings were preserved in this way and that’s valuable.


It is noteworthy that the church and the provost office were built according to plans of Jan Santini, a Bohemian architect of Italian descent, whose major works represent the unique Baroque Gothic style.

We didn’t enter any of the buildings as we were already tired and eager to go home, we just contented ourselves with the exteriors and with getting some idea about the place.


There is a nice door inside the old walls above…


and a nice paving covers the yard.


In the back I discovered a door which was old and blotchy but beautifully decorated…


And two more with interesting design. You can imagine I could stay there much longer and be looking for interesting details…



I’m so glad we made that detour and I think it would be a great idea to return there during another season, let’s say in summer when the trees would be covered with leaves and the yard would be decorated with flowers… or in winter when the premises are covered with snow…



  1. What a magnificent building, so pleased you got some close up shots too. Thanks for the notes on the design and it's more recent unhappy history. It's good to know that they lasted through these times.

    1. Linda, thank you. In this season the place was somewhat bare, without leaves in the trees and flowers in pots… but it is very well maintained, although it is situated quite aside from any big city… I hope there will be an occasion to get there again and visit also the museum and gallery themselves.

  2. Just seeing this beautiful building from a distance would peak my interest. What wonderful photos and history. The hinges on the door – is very beautiful of design. The metal plates that decorate the back door are beautiful. Very lovely find and thank you for sharing this beauty and history with us. Much Thanks Petra 🙂

  3. Hi Petra, I find the colors of the Russo-Barroco influence so interesting in the architecture of the region. I recall seeing brilliant yellows, tangerine orange like this, turquoise and green architecture in St. Petersburg. It was like nothing I'd ever seen. Then we learned that Peter the Great had commissioned Italian architects during the Renaissance to come and impact the majority of the major churches and state buildings of the region. I'm sure it traveled widely. Our guide in Russia called this style Russo Barrocco. You've put it on a human scale with your beautiful details! Thank you for these images, fascinating.

    1. Susan, thank you. Italian architects influenced architecture in many countries for sure and created many great buildings. Visiting Mariánská Týnice made me pay attention to the architect Santini who was obviously a very interesting and quite an extraordinary person. A half of his body was paralysed and he died being just 46 years old but he designed almost a hundred of buildings, many of them impressing.

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