Precious stones from the Bohemian Paradise

The brothers Jan and Václav Fišers from Turnov. Their alleged voyage to Venice, five years of efforts to seize the local secret of secrecy, return to Turnov, dozens of wasted attempts and then - finally success! In 1711 they made the first glass for the production of artificial stones.


It was in 1712, when Elias Müller built his glassworks on the estate of the Harrach Counts in Jilemnice. It continued in the traditional production of glass, which was produced on the border of the Giant Mountains and the Jizera Mountains in the middle of the 14th century. Even today, you can see not only metallurgical production and blowing glass, but also a hundred-year-old grinding shop. It is driven by a water turbine and transmissions used to distribute the driving force.


Elias Palme, one of the most famous luminaire manufacturers, continued the tradition of chandeliers in Kamenický Šenov. Industrial production of chandeliers was started in 1724 by Josef Palme in Prácheň.


Surely you would not find in the whole Principle and in the broad surroundings of a person who would say a crooked word about Jan Šourek. After all, it was as if he had come to the Principle of Prosperity and Welfare. As soon as he took possession of the reeve, life in the village began to turn for the better. He was one of the first to venture into the world for business.


Josef Riedel, king of the Jizera Mountains glassmakers, was born in Hejnice in 1816. He was the representative of the sixth generation of the glass family and imprinted his footprint indelibly on the slopes of the Jizera Mountains.



Josef Pfeiffer - Jablonec entrepreneur and mayor, who was involved in the development of jewelery exports. Everything is confirmed at the imperial court and in 1866 Jablonec became a town during his reign.

BLOWN BEAD and its way to the tree

People can make sense of time and numbers, but not us, beads. However, I have heard that they have been blowing me in the mountains for more than a hundred years. As a bead would put it, that is a long time. You, who have never seen how a bead is born, you don´t know how beautiful life can be....


In 1920 the first Czech glass school was founded in Železný Brod, thanks to which the town became a center of glass art.


Crystal Temple

Glass has appeared as a noble material in churches, basilicas and cathedrals for centuries, when the sun's rays pass through colored stained glass and through thousands of small fragments enter the spiritual space once created by the ideas and visions of monarchs, the art of their architects and the hands of skilled builders…

An equally magical space is the glassworks, which combines the beauty of spirit and creative ideas with the art of glass masters, who embody their breath, sweat and demanding but beautiful work in the hot material…

Jiří Pačinek's Crystal Church is a unique combination of all these attributes and offers the visitor a unique and intense visual experience, consisting of a symbiosis of almost two hundred years old sacred space and contemporary art glass.

Come and see the combination of curves of classicist architecture and light with large-scale sculptures by Jiří Pačinek and his glass colleagues, inspired by fauna and flora, a play of shapes, colors and optical effects. Church Night will provide the most beautiful atmosphere and the opportunity to present this original project, which in addition to the artistic experience wants to bring and generate the restoration of the technical condition of this church in the form of a partial amount of admission, which will be paid month after month .

Opening hours, practical information

The church can be seen every MO - FR from 8 am to 4 pm, ask at Mr. Pačinek's Glassworks (across the street). For tours on weekends, it is necessary to call in advance (+420 608 404 986). The Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross can be found in the center of Kunratice near Cvikov, map

Long night of the churches 2021, May 28th 2021 Cancelled (Due to Covid-19 Situation)

The event will also include Jiří Pačinek's evening glassmaking in the neighboring glassworks, during which you will be able to watch the absolute interplay of his glassmaking team and the birth of an impressive crystal work from 9 pm to 11 pm, a time completely atypical for the glassworks!

Admission to the church and to the glassworks free (May 28th, 2020)


Event partners:

  • The village of Kunratice near Cvikov
  • Roman Catholic parish of Cvikov
  • Crystal Valley