Organization of the tour
The Catacombs are accessible to individual visitors or with a guide (see below). The length of the guided tour is approximately 45 minutes. There are audio guides that can be accessed in headsets or directly from your cell phone. The audio-guides are available in English, German, French, Polish, Dutch and Russian.
The crypts under the Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary and St. Ignatius were built as part of the church in 1656–1676. It became the burial place for members of the Jesuit order and its benefactors from the ranks of the nobility and burghers. A sophisticated ventilation system in the church contributed to the fact that the bodies of the deceased gradually dried up and turned into natural mummies.
The museum part of the exhibition is dedicated to the activities of the Society of Jesus in Bohemia and around the world. The first Jesuits came to Klatovy in 1636 and worked here until 1773, when the Order was abolished. They built a large college, a magnificent church, a seminary, and a grammar school. Contemporary documents, books, historical objects and modern multimedia elements in the exhibition show the lives of people in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Guided Tours of the Catacombs
The exposition of the Catacombs can be visited individually all year round. From April to September, however, you can also visit the exhibition with a guide. The length of the tour is approximately 45 minutes. The exact tour times can be found at the ticket office of the catacombs (contact phone).
Guided tours are in Czech. For groups it is possible to order a German guide. Audio guides can be accessed with headsets or on your cell phone and are available in English, German, French, Polish, Dutch and Russian.
Timing of Guided Tours:
- April, May, June, September: weekends and holidays
- July, August: every day
- During spring holidays in the Czech Republic (February-March): every day