August 20

Nanebevzetí Panny Marie, Most, Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic

In the 1250s, the Catholics of Most built a church in early Gothic style. In 1515, it burned down. On August 20, 1517, the cornerstone of new church was laid. The late Gothic building was dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in 1597. Baroque decorations were added in the 1700s, including the main altar painting of 1773 by Josef Kramolín. In 1975, the huge three-nave church was moved half a mile away to make room for the expansion of a lignite coal mine. Still a house of worship and the site of a diocesan pilgrimage on a Sunday near the feast of the Assumption (August 15), the church also houses a museum of Gothic and Renaissance Bohemian art. (Information from "Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (Most)," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia,, and other sources. Picture from "Pout Nanebevzetí Panny Marie 2011," Rímskokatolická farnost Most,   

Also commemorated this date:

bulletMadonna dell'Altarol, Poiano, Verona, Veneto, Italy. Present sanctuary inaugurated, 1883.
bulletImmacolata, Macerata, Macerata, Marche, Italy. Construction began, 1893; church blessed, 1905.
bulletMaria Santissima di Costantinopoli, Lercara Friddi, Palermo, Sicily, Italy. Festa. Painting found, 1807.
bulletMaria Santissima della Catena, Scillato, Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Most Holy Mary of the Chain)
bulletMadonna delle Grazie, Santa Caterina Villarmosa, Caltanissetta, Sicily, Italy. Town co-patron. Festa, procession.
bulletMadonna delle Rupe, San Martino d'Agri, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy (Madonna of the Cliffs)
bulletMatka Boża Bolesna, Jarosław, Subcarpathia, Poland (Sorrowful Mother of God). Statue found, 1381.
bulletNossa Senhora da Agonia, Viana do Castelo, Norte, Portugal
bulletNossa Senhora da Oliva, Tojal, Sátão, Viseu, Centro, Portugal. Festa on nearest weekend.
bulletVirgen de la Asunción, Albella, Fiscal, Sobrarbe, Huesca, Aragón, Spain (Virgin of the Assumption)
bulletNuestra Señora de Cavarrosa, Barriosuso de Valdavia, Palencia, Castile and Léon, Spain. Monolith with replica dedicated, 2005.
bulletNuestra Señora del Fuego, Baterno, Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain (Our Lady of the Fire)
bulletVirgen de la Leche, Esquivias, Toledo, Castile-La Mancha, Spain (Virgin of the Milk)

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly