Saint Benedict Church - Krnov Kostelec
Saint Benedict Church is situated in Bruntalska Street, local part of Krnov – Kostelec. A restored collection of wall paintings, located in Saint Benedict Church, is very unique throughout the entire Czech Silesia.
Based on the latest archaeological surveys, the church sacristy originated in the first half of the 13th century and it served as a chancel of the original medieval church. There are located valuable fresco paintings from the 13th and 15th century in the church. They depict, among others, the life scenes of Saint Benedict of Nursia or the Transfiguration on Tabor Mountain. They were restored between the years 2001 and 2007. The church belongs among the oldest sacral buildings in Moravskoslezsky County.
An audio interpretation in sacristy is available in: Polish, German, English and Czech language.
History of the church
According to new archeological survey, the church sacristy originates from the 1st half of the 13th century and it served as a chancel of the original medieval church. There are frescoes from the 13th and 15th century, which present St. Benedict´s of Nursia life scenes and the Transfiguration on Tábor Mountain. These were successfully restored between 2001 and 2007. The church presents the oldest preserved sacral building in Moravskoslezský district.
During the baroque reconstruction of the church between 1862 and 1863, a tall tower of a squared ground plan was erected in its western frontage. Johann Anton English, a civil engineer, made out a budget for a roof, facade and statics fixing. The fixing costs were to reach up to 1018 Guldens. Johann Mihatsch, a Krnov builder, was chosen to run the reconstruction. The reconstruction took longer than expected, up to 1821. Due to economical reasons, some of the reconstruction operations quit.
By 1936, the church was surrounded by a smallish churchyard, which was separated by the stone wall with two gateways. Closeness to local wells led to the increase in typhoid fever between 1880 and 1929. Also, the need for widening of the road and the elementary school contributed to the church close down. Next to the Church there is a sandstone statue of St. Jan Baptist from 1730´s made by a sculptor Andreas Zahner, which is, together with the church, a cultural monument.
Benedict grew up with his sister Scholastica – his twin. Once he grew up, he left for studying. However, the school disappointed him so much. He left for mountains and lived there as a hermit. As time passed, he became well known for his devotion. A group of monks asked him to become their Superior. He accepted, but the relation did not work. Therefore he decided to live alone again. Continuously, more men came to lead such a life like Benedict did. There were more and more of them coming so they started building new monasteries. One day, an envious monk tried to poison him. Benedict recognized that attempt and his domesticated raven took the poisoned bread away. Benedict came with a new idea – the monks were to spend their time not only with worshiping, as they got used to, but also with work. He considered the rules of their common life very carefully and made a written record of that. Benedict and his students did a great job – they established schools, monasteries and farmed the land. Their work has been admired up to now. Despite having a tough life, Benedict never gave up and his heart was getting bigger and bigger. That is why he was call “Saint” shortly after his death.
Bruntálská ulice, Krnov
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GPS position: 50°5′6.851″N, 17°40′18.623″E