Ah, now the sunrise starts to light up the church.
We venture inside the gates to explore this Baroque beauty, a treat after we're done collecting! Mark had already ventured inside the gates and the church while we were out collecting.
Here the outside cemetery that surrounds the church (typical of churches here in Bohemia) is full of flowers for the upcoming All Saints Day (Nov. 1). Today, many people are coming to make sure that the graves are all decorated for this event. And, incidentally, as we drove past other cemeteries at night, they were all lit with candles!
Interesting font for holy water (grapes seem to be a theme!)....
We smiled and exchanged greetings with some of the parishoners and family that had come by that morning during the week. We remarked to each other how similar this scene was to those we had experienced in eastern Wisconsin, U.S.A. The people looked so familiar! Numerous Czech immigrants settled in eastern Wisconsin as well as Minnesota, so no wonder this all seemed too familiar.
Here is a picture of the church from the other side of the Labe River:
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