Marianska Tynice Provostship
Written by Nikola Volrabova
Marianska Tynice is a pilgrimage area which is located on the north of the Pilsen Region and which, nowadays, serves also as a regional museum and gallery.
The complex is dominated by an architecturally valuable Pilgrim Church of Annunciation of Virgin Mary on the ground plan of a Greek cross. This Baroque building, with the adjacent cloisters and provostship of the monastery in Plasy, was carried out according to the design of Jan Blazej Santini-Aichel who was the representative of a unique architectural style known as The Baroque Gothic style. The style combines features of both Baroque and Gothic styles and can be found only in the Czech Republic’s Pilsen Region. The church underwent many reconstructions and extensions in its history; and the most important one is dated back in the early years of the 18th century. The reconstruction was, as mentioned above, assigned to Jan Blazej Santini-Aichel. The reconstruction was finished 8 years before abolishing the provostship of the monastery in Plasy and since then it was not used anymore and so it went to the bad. These circumstances were the result of the church’s cupola falling down in 1920. Fortunately, it underwent another reconstruction in 2008 which led to the opening of the Museum and Gallery of the Northern Pilsen Region.
The museum and its exhibitions show the region’s development from prehistoric times to the 20th century. Currently, it offers four permanent exhibitions. Historical Development of the Northern Pilsen Region is the main and it shows the region’s historic development as mentioned before. It includes a puppet theatre, children’s toys of the 19th century, or historic farm-house interiors. Artistic and Applied Iron Products Made by the Iron Works at Plasy in the 19th Century is another exhibition. The third one is the Memorial Hall Devoted to the Sculptor Marie Uchytilova who was a famous Czech sculptor and a medal coiner and she was most famous for her sculpture of the children from the village of Lidice which was burnt down by the Nazis. The last exhibition is the Annunciation Church which shows the high style of Baroque or valuable fresco paintings.
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