Here’s an Official Postcrossing card from the Czech Republic! These buildings are part of Osek Monastery, found in the northwestern part of the country. This monastery was founded in the early 1100s by Cistercian monks, a group that was part of a Catholic order of monks that came over to Osek. It was originally built in the Gothic architectural style – a key characteristic of this style is the use of arches that come to a point at the very top, almost like the shape of a long raindrop. It was later built in the Baroque still (by later, I mean the 1700s). After all, this place has faced quite a deal of damage: plundering, burning and bombing, for example. Today it’s a cultural and tourist center, and each year there is a festival where artifacts of the monastery are displayed to the public. Thank you very much for sending me this postcard!