The "Saint Ludmila - 1100 years" project has been consistently devoted to the memory of Saint Ludmila since 2015.
Its culmination is supposed to be the remembrance of the 1100th anniversary of Saint Ludmila's murder in the Tetín hillfort, which is scheduled for 2021.
St. Ludmila is the patron saint of families and the first Bohemian and Slavic female saint, with many churches and institutions almost all around the world named after her. Therefore, we have decided to prepare the "Saint Ludmila 1100 years" project, which will be worthy of this female saint. Within the preparations for the celebration of this anniversary, we would like to commemorate her glory in this way.
The "Saint Ludmila 1100 years" project is organised under the patronage of an association of the same name. The founding members are the village of Tetín, the town of Mělník, the town of Roztoky, the parish of Beroun and the parish of Roztoky. However, the project is still open to any interested parties who might like to participate. Please feel free to join and become a member! Legal persons pay a yearly fee of CZK 3,000, natural persons pay just CZK 500 a year.
We will be pleased if you decide to support our project financially or participate in the preparations, or if you just personally attend some of the events. The "Saint Ludmila 1100 years" project deserves supra-regional, nationwide and perhaps even international attention.
About St. Ludmila
The life of this famous Bohemian saint, grandmother of Saint Wenceslas, is inspiring, even 1100 years later.
Although historical information about St. Ludmila predominantly originates from later myths and legends, the basic factual outline of her life is known. She was probably born in 860 AD. Thanks to her marriage with the first historically documented Přemyslid Prince, Bořivoj, she witnessed the beginning of the formation of the Bohemian state, at a time when the nations of a future Central Europe were gradually coming into being.
She was not only a wife and "guardian of the family hearth" who brought six children into this world. She became the founder of a ruling dynasty and sought to influence the contemporary political situation during the reign of her sons Spytihněv and Vratislav. She also played an important part in the upbringing of her grandson, the future Prince Wenceslas, where she placed emphasis on the boy's education. It was through this passing of wisdom and experience of her mature age to the future prince that she influenced the history of our state for a thousand years to come.
On 15th September 921, she was murdered by Tunna and Gommon on the orders of her daughter-in-law, Drahomíra, in the hillfort at Tetín. Written sources claim that the murder probably happened due to political and religious reasons. Ludmila was originally buried at Tetín. In 925 AD, Prince Wenceslas had her bodily remains transferred to the Basilica of Saint George at Prague Castle. Thus, the cult of Saint Ludmila was originally mainly associated with the monastery of Saint George. In the 12th century, it began to spread throughout the country.
Nowadays Saint Ludmila can be a source of inspiration for us all – through the way she so naturally fulfilled her role as a woman and as an educator in the family, despite the position of a woman having been different in the Early Middle Ages than it is today. Her life was a source of inspiration for the visual arts, too. Medieval and Baroque iconography in particular chose the motif of the grandmother as an educator of the future St. Wenceslas. She is always depicted as an elderly woman wearing a headscarf – this being the instrument killing her as a martyr.
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