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Dominican Church of the Finding of the Holy Cross

• 6. Dominican Church of the Finding of the Holy Cross

 

- Where a shard of the Holy Cross used to be kept -

 

It was built in the neighbourhood of the city’s Porta Orientalis (East Gate) in the mid 13th century together with the adjacent Dominican monastery. After the great fire of 1555, when a precious shard of the Holy Cross got lost, and other great damage inflicted by dramatic events of the Thirty Years’ War, the Znojmo Dominicans set about building the church anew (2nd half of the 17th century). The majestic Baroque entrance portal and the characteristic two church towers were constructed in the 1st half of the 18th century. Inside the church can be found valuable works of art: the Baroque organ by I. Kasparidus from 1755, some statues by Clausius Heinz, a Dominican monk, and paintings by L. Kracker and J. Winterhalter . The Late Baroque altar painting called The Revelation of Jesus Christ to St. Norbert by F. A. Maulbertsch originally hung in the summer refectory of Louka Abbey. The Virgin Mary of Znojmo, a miraculous painting in the south nave, has been attracting believers from afar since the 17th century.   


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