This project is in accordance with the Development Programme for the Central Bohemian Region territory (‘Tourism and Cultural Heritage Care’ section). The project began in 2010, with the contract for work with the building contractor signed in 2011, and project implementation was completed on 30 April 2014. The final request for payment must be submitted by 30 June 2014.
The project is joint-financed from the Central Bohemia Regional Operational Programme (85 %) and the Region’s budget (15 %). Total costs reached almost 190 m CZK.
The renovation was implemented by AVERS spol., s. r. o. of Prague 4, the planner was Ing. arch. Jan Hájek of Ateliér M6 of Prague 6. Technical supervision was performed by Ing. Jiří Franěk of STIS, spol., s. r. o. Interiors were supplied and installed by VESNA INTERIORS, s. r. o. of Veselí nad Moravou.
The project involves the complete renovation and rehabilitation of a major cultural historical site (a number of buildings in the Jesuit College in Kutná Hora, A, B, C3 and D) and their adaptation for tourism use. The project is the second phase of the site’s revitalisation (Phase I of the renovation was financed by the Central Bohemia Region and was completed in May 2010).
The project’s main objective is to increase the attraction and potential of this major tourist destination in the Central Bohemia Region in order to develop tourism, build on related tourism infrastructure and significantly curtail the seasonality of this tourist destination.
The project’s outcomes are:
- a renovated cultural historic site,
- expanded space for new exhibitions
- new spaces for incentive and conference tourism and related facilities
- new jobs
NORTH WING (building A)
A Baroque building from 1667-1750 building according to the design of architect, Giovanni Domenico Orsi. An integral part of the attic installation is the north tower.
ground floor, – ready for a permanent exhibition on the history and running of the Jesuit order in Bohemia, looking in particular at their activities in Kutná Hora. The exhibition will include the history and construction evolution of the Jesuit College, and its architect, Dominico Orsi.
1st floor – focused particularly on families with children. ‘Interactive space for interactive tourists arriving with children’ project
2nd floor – to serve for interactive exhibitions which introduce visitors to the process of how a piece of work is formed. In comparison with the first floor, it targets mainly adults.
Attic space in the north tower – a permanent exhibition presenting the urban development of Kutná Hora, mainly through a physical model of the town in direct confrontation with panoramic views of the town.
STAFF HOUSE (building D)
This former staff house is historically the oldest preserved building in the site. It has a Renaissance ground floor. The building was converted to Baroque style (first floor and rooftop). The architectural plan was for a dignified renovation of the building. The renovation and adaptation of the space for the needs of sightseeing, incentive and conference tourism, was done on the whole building, and is designed within the interior of the original space.
Ground floor – prepared for an exhibition on winemaking presenting winemaking through history to the present day in Kutná Hora and Čáslav. The exhibition will also involve a regular series of events which will introduce visitors to activities related to growing vines and producing wine at specific periods of the year. This section will also present the history and development of growing grapevines in the Kutná Hora region and in Bohemia.
First floor – conference rooms which will serve mainly for company clients for holding events such as team building, conferences, etc. These rooms will be multi-purpose for use in incentive and conference tourism. GASK (The Gallery of the Central Bohemia Region) will use these rooms for holding its own activities in the tourist field, or it will lease them out for the same purposes.
RESTORATION WORKSHOPS (building B)
Building B is a part of the cultural monument site. The National Heritage Institute currently have restoration workshops in building B. In the 1990s, the building was given technical refurbishments, and as such does not show any great defects. Its functional use remains the same. Within the project, only repairs to the façade, roofs and current windows were undertaken in order to maintain the overall aesthetic impression of the site.
EXTERNAL LIME KILN EXHIBITION (building C3)
The project also provides access to the architecturally external lime kiln exhibition and additional wine making exhibition within the site. Building C3 displays the archaeological find of a unique integrally preserved lime kiln from the period of the construction of the Jesuit College. In order to protect it from destruction, the find had to be preserved through covering it in soil. As such, the archaeological finding is symbolically displayed as a mound on whose peak, which is accessible to the public, an exhibition is installed showing and describing the find, including explanatory descriptions which place the object in its historical context.
Concurrently with this project, the ‘Repair of the Jesuit College exterior’ project was implemented, financed by the Central Bohemia Region, completing the whole adaptation of the site.