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Church of the Annunciation of Our Lady, Litomerice, Bohemia (CZ), 2008

Church of the Annunciation of Our Lady, Litomerice, Bohemia (CZ), 2008
All Saints Church is the other big church in Litomerice besides the Cathedral. The Litomerice city website has this to say:

"This monumental Baroque construction by Octavio Broggio from 1701-31 was started already by his father Giulio, on top of five residential houses of the Jesuit seminary. The church was consecrated on 16 November, 1731. The original Litomerice hospital - from the 13th century to the end of the Hussite Wars, it belonged to the Order of Crusaders of the Red Star (the order was founded by Agnes of Bohemia, sister of King Vaclav I) and afterwards it was run by the city -was passed to the Jesuits on 3 April, 1629. After the dissolution of the Jesuit order in 1773, the church served as a storage area for the city brewery in the years 1793-1810. In 1810 the church was again consecrated and from 1811 used as a clerical seminary. In 1818, a hallway joined the church with the former Jesuit seminary on the other side. The interior is decorated with monumental frescoes attributed to Jan Hiebel. The main altar is made of artificial marble and it was finished in 1772 by J. Kramolín, probably based on the design by Octavio Broggio who also made drafts for the six side altars. A Jesuit tomb is placed underneath the church. Today the church is used only occasionally for concerts, for most of the time it remains closed to the public."

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