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Saint John under the Rock

Saint John under the rock has been for centuries an important center of cultural and social events. Due to both the nearby castle of Karlstejn and its own rich history, but also rarity and location of the place itself amidst the beautiful countryside of t

Saint John under the rock has been for centuries an important center of cultural and social events. Due to both the nearby castle of Karlstejn and its own rich history, but also rarity and location of the place itself amidst the beautiful countryside of the Czech Karst.Moreover, it is a place easily accessible from the nearby Prague. At present, the Saint John under the rock - the Karlstejn - the second most visited place in the district of Beroun (excluding the city of Beroun itself) .

 Famous St. John's pilgrimage lasted until the mid 20th century when the advent of communism in our country suppressed. Since ancient times here was directed action not only ordinary people but also many rulers and eminent personalities. In the past it was mainly visiting many emperors and their special guests accompanied by their consorts and court servants. Among the most important were the ceremonial visit of Emperor Matthias in 1613, Emperor Ferdinand II. and Ferdinand III. Next Emperor - Leopold I. here in 1657 personally laid the foundation stone of the new church. After the church is the St. John the rock associated with the name of many Czech archbishops. In the past, visited St. John KH Macha, the Čapek brothers (who had commuted her father, acting here as a top spa doctor around 1910), Bozena Nemcova and brothers Mánes with his father. 

Significant was also the visit of Minister of State called Little Entente, headed by Eduard Beneš (13 July 1924). At present, the here and directed many activities and meetings of the Club of Czech tourists. Despite St. John are also organized numerous public hikes, such as the regular annual 'cement footprints "and" march Czech beauty. " St. John intersects also the "Way of St. James' leadership across Europe. Very often held here running and cycling races or trips (botany, paleontology, geology, history, etc.) . The frequency of these events and the number of visitors suggests that St. John under the rock, which was until recently on political grounds deleted from the map, to the right again regained favor with tourists, lovers of natural beauty and history.