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St. Anthony of Padua Church from 1640

The Church of St. Anthony of Padua at the top of Prašivá (706 m) was built in 1640 by Georg, Count of Oppersdorff. The Church is under the auspices of the National Heritage Institute.

This is a single-nave building from 1640. The Church was originally consecrated to St. Ignatius of Loyola. When a new church was built at Borová below Lysá Mountain in 1673, it was also consecrated to St. Ignatius. The Church at Prašivá was re-consecrated in the same year and St. Anthony of Padua became the new patron of the Church. The Church belongs to the parish of Dobrá. In mid-June, on the Day of St. Anthony (13th June), there are traditional pilgrimages to the Church.

Legend has it that the owner of the local county, Count Georg of Oppersdorff, was hunting one day in the area where the Church now stands. He came across a deer there, which he had injured previously. The sturdy animal, mad with pain, charged its enemy with such strength that it entangled him in its antlers, sinking them deep into the tree against which the terrified Count had been leaning. When, after some time, his fellow hunters found him and released him from his unusual entrapment, the Count decided to build a church on the site to thank God for saving him from an almost certain death. You can find more details on

(foto: Archiv - Bohumil Vícha, Ivan Korč, Martin Stiller)

Masses and Pilgrimages in 2018

  • 13th June at 10:30 and 17:45 (minor pilgrimage)
  • 19th June at 10:30 (main pilgrimage)
  • 2nd July at 10:30 Kamenité and then at Prašivá (children's pilgrimage)
  • July and August every Sunday at 10:30 and every Wednesday at 17:45 (mass)
  • 21st October at 10:30 (traditional ‘Krmáš’ parish fair )
  • 31st December at 15:00 (mass)

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