New discoveries in Dominican Monastery in České Budějovice
Since the 1990's, gradual restoration work has been carried out on the former Dominican Monastery in České Budějovice. Between 1993-1997, complete restoration work of the interior of the monastery church of the Sacrifice of the Virgin Mary took place, and in 2005 the restoration project of the cloister of the former Dominican Monastery began. The project includes gradual accessibility and restoration of the cloister and renovation and accessibility of the Paradise Courtyard.
The interiors of the monastery church and adjacent cloister will, in addition to church usage, later serve as a viewing and gallery area. The project's investor is the owner of the monument, the České Budějovice Bishopric, while the project is co-financed by the Czech Ministry of Culture and the town of České Budějovice.
Discoveries during the restoration
During the restoration of the cloister, discoveries were made which fundamentally extended the knowledge of the history of the former Dominican Monastery as well as the once-royal town of České Budějovice. Among others, an early Gothic portal to the Capitulary Hall was discovered that had been hitherto walled up. This was the location where the most important meetings of the monastic community were held. The Medieval Capitulary Hall was destroyed during Baroque modifications to the monastery in the 18th century and its original location was unclear up to now. The uncovered portal is from the last thirty years of the 13th century, from the time of the very beginnings of the town and monastery, and the associated window with lobes is from the late 14th century. At this period in history, at the end of the reign of Emperor Charles IV, the cloister was in the final stages of construction and was being painted. The period of Charles IV brings another surprising and extraordinarily valuable discovery:
České Budějovice 27.5. 2008