Josef Suk Memorial in Křečovice

The memorial of Josef Suk, a Czech composer, was opened in house No. 3 in the village of Křečovice u Sedlčan as one of the exhibitions of the National Museum. Josef Suk was born on 4 January 1874 in Křečovice. The building housing the museum was commissioned by composer's father in 1895, in order to provide his son, at that time already quite famous, with a place for relaxation after his demanding concert tours. Josef Suk not only relaxed, but also composed in the house. Among those who visited him in the house were the composer Antonín Dvořák and the conductor Václav Talich. At the end of his life, Josef Suk gave the house to the family of his son Ing. Josef Suk, who, after the death of his father, established the memorial and bequeathed it to the state in 1951. Over the past few years, the memorial was renovated and it is open to the public once again from 2008. The exhibition stretches through several rooms; in two of them, the original furniture and inventory is preserved. Other rooms are devoted to the Bohemian Quartet, a string quarter co-founded by Suk, and Suk's composing. But many today's Czechs have heard of Křečovice in a very different context and in fact may have never heard of its connection with Josef Suk. The reason is the popular comedy My Sweet Little Village (Vesničko má středisková) by the Czech Academy Award winning director Jiří Menzel. The film was shot in 1984 to 85 and many of the scenes were made in Křečovice and its surroundings. Many of the locations can be seen directly from the Křečovice village square. Before visiting the museum, check the opening times on its web site.

Route and transport to the site

Walking:

This site is not suitable for a hike from Slapy, due to its remoteness. The combination of car ride and a walk is ideal.

Cycling (approx. 24 km):

Golf Slapy - Buš - Čím - Křeničná - across the Živohošť bridge in the direction towards Neveklov - after Stranný turn-off direction Nová Živohošť - turn-off direction Krchleby - Křečovice. The route follows local asphalt roads and is suitable for experienced cyclists.

By car (approx. 24 km):

Golf Slapy - Buš - Čím - Křeničná - across the Živhošť bridge in the direction towards Neveklov - after Stranný turn-off direction Nová Živohošť - turn-off direction Krchleby - Křečovice. You can park your car directly on the village square, from which the museum is a stone's throw away.

GPS coordinates

www.mapy.cz - 49°43'18.856"N, 14°28'35.58"E

Map

Map No. 38 / C6, KČT (Czech Tourist Club) series

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Info:

Museum - www.nm.cz/sluzby-detail.php?f_id=14

Křečovice Municipality - www.ikrecovice.cz