Research has confirmed that the remains found in the Church of the Sacrifice of the Virgin Mary (pictured on March 10, 2023) on Piaristicky náměstí in České Budějovice belong to the first prior of the Dominican monastery in České Budějovice, Jindřich Librario, who died in 1281. On the left is the White Tower of the monastery.
České Budějovice – The remains found in the church on Piaristický náměstí in České Budějovice belong to the first prior of the Dominican monastery in České Budějovice, Jindřich Librario. Research has confirmed this. Representatives of the České Budějovice bishopric, municipality and archaeologists told journalists today, on the 758th anniversary of the founding of České Budějovice. The prior's remains were found by archaeologists in the same church during research three years ago. According to surviving legends, the prior was the confessor and confidant of King Přemysl Otakar II, who was the founder of České Budějovice. Librarius died in 1281.
“The analyzes confirmed that these were the remains of a man between the ages of 40 and 64 and he lived in the second half of the 13th century. Archeology is an exciting field of science. Thanks to it, we uncover the old stories of people and places,” said Zuzana Thomová, an archaeologist from the South Bohemian Museum. The remains of the blessed Jindřich Libraria will go to the burial niche in the church on Piaristické náměstí in České Budějovice.
Scientists first announced in 2019 that during the research and geophysical survey of the monastery on Piaristické náměstí in České Budějovice, they found a wooden box in which, according to preserved reports, the remains of Jindřich Libraria are kept. However, their assumption was refuted by the analysis of the bones, which determined that they were bodies buried at a later time.
Later, archaeologists discovered the real remains of the Librarium in the area of the monastery niche. Confirmation that they belonged to the prior was announced to the public by scientists today. In addition, the embankment at Piaristické náměstí is now named after Librario. The city councilors decided on it at their last meeting. “I am personally glad that the council and the city council approved this proposal. It is a dignified commemoration of the first prior of the Dominican monastery, who had the opportunity to participate directly in the founding of the convention and our city,” said the deputy mayor of České Budějovice, Tomáš Bouzek (TOP 09).
Librarius was considered blessed throughout the existence of the monastery. King Přemysl Otakar II. is said to have advised him to ask God for the birth of the longed-for descendant and heir, the later King Wenceslas II, by founding a new monastery.