Hundreds of churches, chapels, and houses of worship across the country will welcome guests to the Night of Churches this evening. This year’s festival has over 1,200 facilities registered, with almost 4,500 programs arranged by the organizers. Individual tours are still available, but only a limited number of people can attend lectures or concerts. This year’s Night of Churches has an ecological focus.
The Night of Churches also provides an opportunity for the general public to learn about the cultural significance of churches and Christianity through music, visual arts, theatrical performances, conversation, and meetings.
Tours of normally inaccessible landmarks, concerts, theater performances, exhibitions, and seminars are available to visitors at odd hours. Visitors can explore sacristies, monastery gardens, bell towers, crypts, climb towers, and try their hand at playing the organ.
People can choose various events on the mobile phone app and the website. Organizers have decided not to produce the standard printed guide this year because of the current pandemic situation. They’ve also partnered with one of the city’s bike-share companies, allowing visitors to make two free trips in 30 minutes from 9:00 a.m. today to 12 p.m. on Saturday.
Church Night has been conducted in the country since 2009. During the Night of Churches in the Czech Republic, nearly half a million visitors have been recorded in recent years. In 2020, the Czech Republic had 1,157 churches, chapels, and houses of worship open, with more than 205,000 visitors.