České Budĕjovice to Český Krumlov

Zlatá Koruna. The former abbey is open to the public, and contains a small museum. Founded in 1263, Zlatá Koruna is one of the best-preserved Cistercian monasteries in the Czech Republic. It is located at a point roughly two thirds of the way from České Budĕjovice to Český Krumlov along the popular bicycle route.

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České Budĕjovice to Český Krumlov 29 km map/gpx cue sheet
Český Krumlov to České Budĕjovice 29 km map/gpx cue sheet

Zlatá Koruna Monastery Premysl Otakar II, King of Bohemia, founded the monastery in 1263 as an expression of gratitude to God, who had enabled him to win in battle over the stronger army of the King of Hungary. The name Zlatá Koruna (Golden Crown) came about because King Premysl Otakar II received a thorn, believed to have come from the crown of thorns that Jesus wore on the cross, from the French Crusader King, Louis IX (Saint Louis). He gave it to the monastery, which then housed it in gold as its most sacred relic.

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