A Czech devotional image of Our Lady of the Protective Cloak.
A young woman is offering burning hearts and a lily to Mary, signs of devotion and purity, while another woman holds scapulars, which symbolise Mary’s protection.
S. Maria Rimau
A 19th century holy card of the statue of Our Lady of Loreto in Římov, Czech Republic.
The miraculous statue of Mary in the pilgrimage church of Svatý Hostýn, Czech Republic.
The bolts of lightning are a reference to an old legend, according to which Mary set fire to an encampment of Tatar invaders sometime in the 13th century.
Causa nostrae laetitiae, Mater Misericordiarum et Totius consolationis
A Bohemian glass with a Madonna and cherubs in gold. The inscription reads “Cause of our joy, Mother of Mercy and All consolation”.
A vintage holy card of Our Lady of Křtiny in the Czech Republic, known in German as Maria Kiritein.
Panna Marie Přeštická
The image of Our Lady of Sorrows in Přeštice, Bohemia.
It is kept in the town’s church of the Assumption of Mary and has been considered miraculous since 1711, after tears and sweat began to appear on the image.
A baroque altar dedicated to Mary in Moravský Krumlov, Czech Republic.
The Marian column on the Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic. This photo was taken before 1918, when the column was toppled.
A replica of the statue of the Immaculate Conception that stood on top of the Marian column in Prague until 1918, when the baroque column was toppled by Socialists.
For the past 95 years many efforts have been made to reconstruct the column, which was originally erected in 1650 on Prague’s Old Town Square. The project is surrounded by much controversy, and has received criticism from local politicians and Protestant church leaders. Even the Catholic diocese of Prague does not support the idea. Some claim there is also a Masonic plot against the reconstruction of the column.
In spite of this the Society for the Recovery of the Marian Column continues to make efforts to have the column reconstructed in its original place. Earlier this year Prague’s City Council approved the plans, so the column may be rebuilt in the near future. The replica of the crowning statue already stands outside the church of Our Lady before Týn, waiting to be placed on top of the reconstructed column one day.
A 19th century pilgrimage holy card of the Maria Hilf image, St Mary Magdalene and St Francis of Assisi. The image was made in Prague for the German market.
A 19th century image of the Sacred Heart of Mary, printed in Prague.
A photograph from the 1950s of a priest in prayer before the high altar of the pilgrimage church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin in Klokoty, Czech Republic.
The miraculous image of Maria Hilf (Our Lady of Help) in the pilgrimage church of Maria Stock in Skoky, Czech Republic.
The village of Skoky was abandoned by its German inhabitants at the end of the Second World War in 1945. The baroque church went into decline for many years, until recent efforts to restore it to its former glory.