Zámek Žďár

Program for upper primary school


What did the plan of an ideal monastery St. Gallen look like? How did this mandatory layout impact on the life of the inhabitants of the Žďár Monastery? Wat did the expression “stabilitas loci” mean for Abbot Vejmluva or architect Santini? What does it mean to us? Let’s go for a short excursion across the centuries and put together the mosaic of the monastery as one of the most important spiritual, economic, and social units that used be part of our past as well as the present.

The program aims to develop sensitivity to the perception of environment, historic religious buildings and their morphology and atmosphere. Through the activities pupils can engage their personality and individuality, share personal experiences and interests, strengthen respectful attitude towards each other. Finally, to encourage a creative approach to your life – to realize and formulate wishes / needs and find for them proper expression / shape in the form of a model sanctuary.

The program offers the opportunity to realize that the need for rest, privacy and stay with himself, but also to relate to what transcends us, is a natural part of everyone’s life independently of belonging to a religious group, age or education.

Target group: pupils 2nd grade elementary school

Program length: 180 min (it is possible to adjust the time – shorten)

– Architecture – the shape and function of the church, monastery, shrine
– Genius loci, past and present significant places – a monastery and Pilgrimage church of St. John of Nepomuk
– Architect Jan Santini Aichl
– The inner world of man
– Light as a symbol and component architecture

Outputs (for student):
– Understands and reflects the effect of various buildings
– Uses own experience and ideas in creating a model
– Identifies and interprets the component architecture: arches, light, plan, set in space

Educational disciplines:
Art, History, Civics, Environmental Education

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