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The history of Pribram dates back to the 12th century when the archbishop of Prague purchased the town. Beginning in the 14th century, Pribram was a leading center of the mining of silver, lead and zinc, and more recently, uranium.

Since the 17th century, the main attraction in Pribram is Svata Hora (Holy Mountain), which is one of the most important and oldest pilgrim's places in the Czech Republic. On the Holy Mountain there is the Church of the Virgin Mary which was built in the 16th - 17th centuries and is considered a jewel of Czech early Baroque architecture. This structure incorporates a unique component: a long and roofed staircase connecting it to the town of Pribram. This staircase was built in 1658 and has 365 steps, one for each day of the year.

In 1632, a blind beggar dreamt several nights in a row that he was asked to go on a pilgrimage to Svata Hora and plead with the Holy Virgin for the restoration of his sight. Together with his 10-year old grandson, he set off on the journey to Svata Hora. After arriving at Svata Hora and praying for several days, the beggar regained his sight. The Roman Catholic Church, on the basis of testimonies of eyewitnesses and of doctor’s opinions, officially recognized his recovery as a miracle. And the pilgrim’s have been coming ever since…

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St James Church 3
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St James Church 3
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St James Church 2
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Mary Magdelene Chapel 2
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Mary Magdelene Chapel 2
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Mary Magdelene Chapel 1
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Mary Magdelene Chapel 1
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Svat Hora 3
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Svat Hora 3
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Entrance to Chapel of the Virgin Mary
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Entrance to Chapel of the Virgin Mar…
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Svata Hora 2
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Cloister 3
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Cloister 3
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Cloister 2
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Saint statues
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Saint statues
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Svata Hora 1
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Svata Hora 1
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Stairs to terrace
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Stairs to terrace
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Cloister 1
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Cloister 1
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Bell tower
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Bell tower
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Covered staircase to Svata Hora
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Covered staircase to Svata Hora
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St James Church 1
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St James Church 1
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