Our Lady of Svata Hora, Czech Republic
The Story of the Shrine of Our Lady of Svata Hora:
Here in the Western portion of the Czech Republic (which is also known as Bohemia) is a shrine dedicated to Our Lady that is one of the most popular in Europe. Although the Infant Jesus of Prague may be more well-known outside the country, this shrine dates back many centuries. Svata Hora itself means “holy mountain” since the shrine is on a hilltop overlooking the town of Primbram, about 30 miles south of Prague.
There are Masses daily plus many other devotions including the Rosary, Way of the Cross during Lent, Vespers. The church itself has, in addition to the miraculous statue of Our Lady, many magnificent works of art and frescoes and a world-renowned silver altar worthy of a visit all by itself.
There is a retreat house offering accommodations for individual pilgrims as well as groups and meals can be obtained at the monastery. Guided tours are available daily from April through October and by appointment during other months.
Some tour groups include Svata Hora in their itineraries so check if this is high on your list of places to visit.
Traveling to Svata Hora:
If you are traveling independently you can make the one-hour drive or you can take a train from Prague to Pribram and then take a bus from the station to the base of the mountain. Another option is to take the bus directly from Prague.
Address: Svatá Hora 591, 261 01 Příbram II., Czech Republic
GPS coordinates: 49° 41′ 8.9736” N, 14° 0′ 54.6696” E
Tel: +420 318 429 930
Click here for the official website of Our Lady of Svata Hora (available in English). If you click on the “internet television” link you can actually watch Mass being said (assuming that you time it right).