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Ostrov Monastery

Romantic cruise to the ruins of a monastery.

The remains of the former monastery can be found on the island of St. Kilian at the confluence of the Vltava and Sázava rivers in Davle.

Built in 999 in the middle of dense forests, this building became the first male monastery in Czech history. Here the Benedictines led the exemplary life of the monks and indulged in prayer. There is also a three-aisled Basilica of St. John the Baptist in Romanesque style. An important part of the monastery was a ceramic workshop and a scriptorium. From it came the Latin manuscript of Gregory's dialogues, which contains the Old Slavic interlinear glosses.

After the attack of the Hussites, who started the fire in 1420, the monks moved to another monastery and the place was abandoned. Monastery ruins are accessible only on a boat and on the opposite bank you can see the Church of St. Kilian.