Mníšek pod Brdy stately home and Skalka pilgrimage site

The first mention of Mníšek pod Brdy in writing dates back to 1348. In 1487, Mníšek became the property of the z Mitrovic family. In 1639, the whole estate, including the stately home, was burnt down by the Swedish army. In 1655, the whole domain was purchased by Servác Engel z Engelsflussu, a Prague burgher, who had it fully renovated in 1656 to 1672. The stately home has not changed substantially since then. There was just one more major renovation between 1910 and 1911. After the Second World War, the stately home was literally ransacked. Later it became a property of the Ministry of Interior, which used it as its archive. The situation remained unchanged until 2000, when the stately home was cleared out and transferred to the National Heritage Institute. In the same year, a generous renovation of the building was launched together with a gradual opening to the public. The visitors can choose from two tours of the stately home, providing insight to the lifestyle and housing of the upper classes in the 1920s and 1930s. While visiting the stately home, you can also take a very nice walk to the Skalka ("Little Rock") pilgrimage site, which is located about 1.5 km away from the stately home on a hill above the town. You will find there a Baroque church of St. Mary Magdalene with a former monastery, a hermitage and stations of the cross. Due to mining in the area, the whole complex was rather devastated. As a result of a landslide, the walls of the church cracked and efforts to save it only began in the early 1980s. The facade has been repaired, but the unique interior with artificial stalactites is still waiting to be renovated and is currently inaccessible to the public. The stations of the cross and the monastery have been partially renovated. Skalka offers a beautiful view of the region.

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. 18 km):

Golf Slapy - Buš - Nové Dvory - Krámy - Velká Lečice - Nová ves pod Pleší - Mníšek pod Brdy/stately home. The cycling route to Mníšek pod Brdy is very pleasant and leads through a picturesque hilly countryside. The route mostly follows local asphalt roads. However, due to its length and profile, the route is suitable for experienced cyclists, who will definitely enjoy the trip. The only slightly problematic part is the green-marked hiking trail from the Mníšek stately home to the Skalka pilgrimage site, which is better suited for walkers. But this part can be avoided by using another, though a little longer, route- from the stately home, take the yellow-marked hiking trail to the "Na Rovinách" crossroads. From there, follow the red-marked hiking trail to Skalka.

By car (approx. 21 km):

Golf Slapy - Buš - Nový Knín - Malá Hraštice - Nová ves pod Pleší - Mníšek pod Brdy. You can park your car directly in front of the stately home, which is not far from the town square. If you decide to walk to the Skalka pilgrimage site, I would advise to you take the green-marked hiking trail, which will take you from the square all the way to the site. The walk is about 1.5 kilometres long and is suitable for almost anyone. Just as a heads-up: the route is uphill all the way.

GPS coordinates

www.mapy.cz - 49°52'3.434"N, 14°15'30.383"E (zámek) / 49°52'37.564"N, 14°15'15.43"E (Skalka)

Map

mapa edice KČT č. 38 / A3,4

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Info: www.zamek-mnisek.cz