Saint Fabian and Sebastian church in Živohošť

The Živohošť resort near Slapy is very well known among the Czechs. But only few know that the resort was named after a village that was once situated on the very same spot on the bank of the Vltava river. Originally a royal hunting court, the first mention of the settlement dates back to 1057. Evidence documents that prince Vladislav II spent the Christmas of 1141 in Živohošť. The Saint Fabian and Sebastian church probably already stood there. In 1954 the whole valley, including the village, was flooded permanently to create the Slapy dam. Nowadays, the church and an adjacent vicarage and a school are the only remnants of the original settlement. Of these, the Saint Fabian and Sebastian church is probably the most interesting one. Originally, it was a Romanesque three-aisled basilica, which was rebuilt as Gothic church in the 14th century. Since then, the church has not changed much. During one of its renovations, taking place in 1868 and 1869, a fléche was built on the church. However, the fléche only lasted until 1986 when it was knocked down by a windstorm. The fléche you can see on the church today was only built in 2003, when its reinstallation was finally approved. The interior of the church is not freely accessible. You can only visit during the regular services held by the Starý Knín Roman Catholic parish.

Živohošť also used to pride itself on another interesting building- the old "Rákosník" pub. It was a unique timbered building with a beam in the tap-room with the year "1617" carved into it, making the pub the oldest dated building of its kind in the country. Alois Jirásek, a well-known Czech author, stopped in the pub during his travels and even sketched a part of its interior in his notebook. And the composer Josef Suk was among its frequent guests. Before the war, the preservation of this interesting building was considered and the pub was actually disassembled by experts in 1952 to be reassembled in the planned village of Nová Živohošť (New Živohošť). This, however, never happened and the only part of the whole pub to survive is the beam with the year "1617", which is now deposited in the Podblanicko Museum in Vlašim.

Route and transport to the site

Walking (approx. 9 km):

From the Slapy village square, follow the red-marked hiking trail to the Živohošť church. The trail is also accessible from the crossroads near a Calvary in Buš. The route largely follows field and forest paths. The walk is very pleasant. In summer, you can use a steamboat running on the Slapy dam to return to Slapy ("Skalice" stop). However, you should check the timetable in advance. Due to its length (almost 20 km both ways), the walk is suitable for experienced hikers.

Cycling (approx. 12 km):

Golf Slapy - Buš - Čím - Křeničná - Stará Živohošť. From Buš to Čím, you can follow the red-marked hiking trail, which will take you through a charming countryside near the "U Dobré Vody" farm (Good Water farm). The route mostly follows local asphalt roads. The trip is not particularly demanding.

By car (approx. 12 km):

Golf Slapy - Buš - Čím - Křeničná - Stará Živohošť. You can park your car at the Stará Živohošť resort car park.

GPS coordinates - 49°45'25.808"N, 14°25'22.435"E


Map No. 38 / B5, KČT (Czech Tourist Club) series

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