Church of the Name of the Virgin Mary (Křtiny)

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 Czech Republic
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Church of the Name of the Virgin Mary (Czech: Kostel Jména Panny Marie), is a Roman Catholic church in small market town of Křtiny, South Moravian Region, Czech Republic. It is an important pilgrimage destination in Moravia and one of the most celebrated shrines in Central Europe. The church was designed by the famous architect Jan Santini Aichel and it was one of the last commissioned by him. It is an iconic masterpiece of so-called radical Baroque of Bohemia and Moravia, built as part of a complex of monastic buildings and summer residences of the Premonstratensian Zábrdovice Abbey, an order dedicated to the preaching and the exercising of pastoral ministry. Santini received the commission in 1711, under the patronage of bishop of Olomouc Maxmilian Hamilton and abbot Hugo Bartlicius, whose palace was behind in the slope. The temple was constructed in time of the rule of abbot Krištof Matuška.
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