Cultural program consists of several activities held after finishing the scientific part of the Congress. Most of them are included in the congress fee, only coach trips cost 10Eur. The participants can choose from two trips – to Želiv Monastery or to Lipnice Castle. Both trips will be organized simultaneously due to the limited time and therefore participants have to choose in advance which of the two they prefer to participate in and state it in the application form. They can also visit the Museum of Ales Hrdlička during the whole period of the Congress.
Activities in chronological order
3th September 2019: The Organ concert in St Nicholas Church (gothic church found in 13th century)
The Church of St Nicholas
The first mention of the Church of St. Nicholas was in 1233. It is the oldest building in the town. It was changed several times over the centuries and it is mentioned in relevant literature as a demonstration of Czech building development. It was built as a Gothic three-aisled church with a cross aisle. The main cross bar creates a prolonged chancel. About the year 1600, a little pinnacle was built and in 1601, the oldest bell Jiří was put there. The bell weighed 7 cents and it was made by the bell-maker Jan of Kostelec. From 1722 to 1729 the church was reconstructed. The next reconstruction took place as late as the end of the 19th century when the church interior was changed into neo-gothic style. The reconstruction finished in November 1895. The church went through restoration from 1936 to 1937 when the plaster was removed and the original stonework was uncovered. In 2004, Stanislav Kotyza, a native from Humpolec living in the USA, presented a new organ to the church. On this occasion, the church tower was repaired.
GPS: 49°32'29.664"N, 15°21'33.382"E
Horní náměstí, Humpolec
4th September 2019: Coach trip to Želiv Monastery or to Lipnice Castle Premonstratensian
The monastery was established in 1139. Originally it was inhabited by Benedictines from the nearby monastery in Sázava, later by the community of Premonstratensians from German Steinfeld in the Rhineland. Its history was troubled and it underwent a number of changes. It burned down several times and it was restored – most notably in 1713–1720 in the style of the Baroque Gothic by the architect Jan Santini Aichel. During the communist totalitarian period of the second half of the 20th century, the monastery became an internment camp for spiritual leaders. Nowadays the Premonstratensian Monastery in Želiv is a national heritage site, a popular place of pilgrimage, and a traditional destination for both Czech and foreign tourists seeking a calm place for spiritual regeneration and physical relaxation. Just as in the past, even today the Monastery is a centre of spiritual life. Brothers live within the community, taking care of the monastery’s property, which includes accommodation facilities, a brewery, a restaurant, forests, fields and fish ponds.
Želiv 122, 394 44 Želiv
GPS: 49.529637693204904, 15.215140960641795
Lipnice nad Sázavou Castle
The Lipnice castle was founded around 1310 by the Lichtenburg house, one of the lines of the ancient Bohemian House of Ronovci. The first mention of the castle comes from 1314. Charles IV later acquired the castle. At the time of King Jiri from Podebrady the importance of Lipnice as a defensive fortress increased. The castle became the center of the domain of one of the most important Bohemian protestant houses. It was rebuilt into a late Gothic residential castle at the beginning of the 16th century. In 1645, the castle was seized by Swedish troops. On Sunday, September 19, 1869, Lipnice was severely damaged by disastrous fire that devastated not only the whole castle but also most of the town. The burned ruin remained vacant until 1913, when the rescue and renovation works began. The Committee for the Rescue of Lipnice Castle was founded, and in 1924, the castle was acquired by the Czechoslovak Tourist Club. The club secured the ruin statically, and opened the castle museum. The rescue works went on until 1953, when the castle became state property. In the 1970s and 1980s, a partial reconstruction started, but it wasn’t finished, and the renovation is still in progress. These days, the castle is looked after by the National Heritage Institute.
582 32 Lipnice nad Sázavou 1
GPS: 49.614002595004166, 15.413087280185414
4th September 2019 – Dr.Aleš Hrdlička Memorable Medal Awards
Anthropologists and significant citizens of Humpolec will be awarded Dr. Aleš Hrdlička Memorable Medals at the festive ceremony in the Cultural Centre in Humpolec.
On this occasion the competition results for Dr. Aleš Hrdlička Award in a category of doctoral thesis will be announced and the winner will be awarded the prize.
91, Havlíček Square , 396 01 Humpolec
4th September 2019 – Festive Conference Dinner
All the Congress participants are invited to a festive meal. The dinner venue will be announced before the Congress starts.
The possibility to visit Dr.Aleš Hrdlička Museum in Humpolec
Throughout the Congress the participants will be able to visit a new exhibition in Dr.Aleš Hrdlička Museum free of charge. On occasion of the sixth International Anthropological Congress and of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Aleš Hrdlička's birthday, the permanent exhibition of anthropology has been renovated. The museum offers four permanent exhibitions: the exhibition of ethnography, anthropology, Dr. Aleš Hrdlička and Gustav Mahler in two exhibition halls.
Muzeum Dr. A. Hrdličky
Horní náměstí 273, 396 01 Humpolec
GPS: 49°32'28.871"N, 15°21'34.934"E
The museum is open:
Tuesday–Sunday: 8.00–12.00, 13.00–16. 00
During congress it will be possible to visit The BERNARD Family brewery in Humpolec
(https://www.bernard.cz/en/). The time of the excursion will be announced before the congress.