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Town Museum Františkovy Lázně

Ethnographic Museum Boží Dar

Boží Dar is the highest situated town in Central Europe due to its location at an altitude of 1028 m. The first settlers started to arrive in this area at the end of the 15th century. However, an influx of mining prospectors from Saxony and, later on, also from Bohemia, specifically Jáchymov, occurred after 1529. In the summer of 1533, the whole perimeter of the new town was marked out on the plateau. The settlement was named Boží Dar and granted the privileges of a free mining town in 1546. The site of the town is dominated by the Baroque church with Classicist components, which was consecrated in the name of St. Anne. It was built in 1722 on the grounds of a Renaissance building from 1593. The centre of the town is characterized by the rectangular Renaissance Square and the Late Classicist town hall from 1844–1845. Anton Günther (1876–1937), the bard, poet and native of Boží Dar was laid to rest in the local cemetery. Another prominent personality is the Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis, who lived in Myslivny at Boží Dar in 1929–1931. After World War II, Boží Dar was practically an abandoned town. This changed in 1971, after a border crossing was opened nearby. After 1990, Boží Dar again became a significant tourist centre for winter and summer events and activities. 

Exposure of the Boží Dar Town Museum deals with the history of the highest located cities in Central Europe. The museum is housed in the same building as the city office and information centre. There is also a Baby Jesus mail. Among the exhibits you will find rustic room with everyday objects of past centuries, Krušné hory (Erzgebirge) minerals, tools for mining ores and peat, Christmas nativity scenes and sights on the visit the Greek novelist Nikos Kazantzakis in Boží Dar. 

Useful information

Address: Boží Dar 1, CZ362 62 Boží Dar Tel: +420 603 539 020 E-mail: info@bozidar.cz More info: www.bozidar.cz

Opening hours: Monday – Sunday 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

GPS position

N 50° 24.646', E 12° 55.369'