Here we go – my first article for this website! writes Katerina Doubravova. I have to confess at first – I was wondering for quite long time about the theme for this article. I had many ideas but none of them felt as the right one for this time. Then one evening when I was getting back to home from Prague, this idea just popped up in my head. So here it is. Today I’m going to write about chapel of Saint Catherine at Kunìtice castle. Why? Well there are two main reasons. First one is that I wanted something that is at least little bit conected with me in some way. And because my name is Catherine too, I found that good. Also I think that the legend about her is interesting. Second reason is that I wanted to write about something I know well. And I spent at this castle whole summer so I quess that I know this chappel a lot.

Time for another confess – when I visited this chapel for first time without any knowledge about it, it seemed to me as common and not so interesting. This place is not big as many others. Also is not the oldest. The walls are “destroyed” by vandalists. But now? Now I see this chapel in completely different way. Much more interesting and having its own charm.

So let´s start with some history and geography. This chapel is located in eastern Bohemia near Pardubice city. It’s part of the castle complex named Kunìtická hill. (Kunìtická hora in czech language). The first written mention about the existence of the castle dates back to 1421 but with certainty we can say that the castle was here earlier thanks to archaeological finds.

The greatest importance for the development of the castle had family of the Lords of Pernštejn. They bought this castle in 1491 and immediately started with a reconstruction. At that time the chapel of Saint Catherine was built.

The chapel is built in the Gothic-Renaissance style and is consecrated (as already mentioned) to Saint Catharine. It was designed for the worship of William of Pernstein and his family.

Chapel was burned down twice – in 1556 (the lightning struck it) and in 1645 (by Sweden army during Thirty Years’ War). Despite these events, there is still an original ceiling with an amazing diamond vault. This type of arch is very rare in the Czech lands, originating in Germany, very modern for its time (and for today’s time as well).

The walls here are not just plain white. Archaeologists in archaeological research uncovered various old-time signatures of vandals between the sixteenth and twentieth centuries. This signature in the picture belongs to Johann, who signed here in 1680.

Maybe you also caught the cross in which Johan signed. Maybe I disappoint you, but it’s not a Templar Cross. It is a concretization cross that consecrated the chapel again after the desecration by Sweden army in 1645.

Another interesting thing here is this marble slab. I was put in honor of the visit of two very important lords of the 19th century, namely Emperor Franz I. and Prince Rudolf in 1820. Various vandals have been signed here too.

The last thing I’ll show you in this chapel is a 300-year-old Baroque altar of saint Catherine. She is the patron saint of all scholars and philosophers. This painting shows the end of the legend of Saint Catherine. She is painted here with a spiked break wheel and a sword and also with her attribute – palm spruce. I recommend reading the legend about it, you can find it easily on the internet.

You can visit the chapel together with the whole castle for 90 crowns (about 3 pounds) or only a chapel for 20 crowns (not a pound). The castle is open to the public from April to October.

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.