The Cistercian monastery in Osek has stood in the foothills of the Ore Mountains for over 800 years. The majestic structure has been the scene of many historical dramas. Little wonder it has attracted Czech and international film crews.
Thirty years ago the Osek Monastery was converted into a military hospital. The soldier Paul Bäumer, hero of All Quiet on the Western Front, recovered from his injury here, chatting with Nurse Libertine in the monastery garden. The monastery was in reality impacted by war numerous times. It was plundered by Brandenburg and Hussite forces, and was even forced to close down for a period under Rudolph II.
It flourished most in the Baroque period when a pharmacy, hospital, workshop and French-style garden were established. Today the monastery is home to a culture and tourist centre, and is open to the public. Visitors can take in its Church of the Ascension of the Virgin Mary, cloister and chapter hall.