Zámek Žďár

Program for lower primary school


What is one day compared to eternity? How do our everyday problems compare to the fact we happen to be living on a planet that oscillates around the nearest star – the Sun. Bright or flickering, the light radiated by stars guides us through the corners of the monastery’s past, as well as its current appearance. We study the stars as research astronomers, use symbols for measuring time, and as symbols that shine in our churches and on our artworks. Can a church have the shape of a star? The sky is reflected in the water surface, so that what is up there is also down here, therefore stars may also shine from the earth or perhaps even from the star-shaped church at Zelená Hora.

The aim of the program is to enable children through their own observations and creative activities to find connections between phenomena that are seemingly unrelated, and reveals the general principles of the world of nature and human creations: verticality, sunlight and time, the geometry of hidden things.

Realize that space, sky, stars, infinity we perceive in nature, in the planetarium, observatory, but also in everyday life, everyday rhythm of day and night. And also to learn / discover that apply to it as well eg. buildings such as churches, monastery complexes – reflect it in their building, morphology, decoration, symbolism. Although we do not belong among the faithful, these buildings we can attend and feel. You will also realize that each of us is part of a higher order of nature, but also the human community that explores and this order applies to him.

The program connects the museum with the grounds of a former monastery and estate.

Target group: 1st grade elementary school pupils

Length of program: 160 min (it is possible to adjust the time – shorten)


– Stars as part of the universe and their significance for humans
– Star as a symbol, not only in art and architecture of the baroque period
– Geometry in architecture – plan, vault

Outputs (for student):

– Pupil reveals the hidden order of nature through observation and creative activities
– Acquainted with the work of architect Santini
– Interpret visual artistic expression and museum exhibits related to the theme: model, multimedia installations, ceiling fresco
– Form a group using the proportional relations of his own body

Educational disciplines:

Art, Man and His World, Mathematics and Its Applications, Environmental Education


Jan Blazej Santini: Pilgrimage church. of St. John of Nepomuk
Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and St. Nicholas
Charles Francis Töpper: Heavenly bliss Cistercian and Benedictine (fresco in the Prelature)


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