Cistercian monastery Vyšší Brod


Vyšebrod Monastery is located about 38 km from the pension DaJa

The Vyšebrod Monastery is a monastery located in Vyšší Brod, the seat of the Cistercian abbey of Our Lady in Vyšší Brod. It is the only functioning Cistercian male monastery in the Czech Republic and one of the most important cultural monuments in southern Bohemia. At the head of the monastery is Prior Justin Berka.

The monastery was founded in 1259 by Vok I. of Rožmberk, after previous negotiations with the Cistercian general chapter in Citeaux. The foundation was confirmed by the Bishop of Prague on June 1 of the same year, this day when the monastery church was consecrated is considered to be the date of the foundation of the monastery. At the same time (or shortly afterwards), the founder donated land around the new monastery, including the settlement of Vyšší Brod. The monks from Wilhering’s mother monastery probably did not participate in the foundation itself and did not arrive until later in the year.

The Rosenbergs were the most important branch of the Vítkovci family and it is indisputable that from the beginning the monastery was considered a family necropolis. With the funeral of Vok I of Rožmberk in 1262, a number of ten generations of burials began here. The last to be buried in the Rosenberg crypt of the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary was Petr Vok of Rosenberg, who died in Třeboň in 1611, and his coffin has been preserved in perfect condition to this day.