For many people this place is very attractive. They believe that the remains of the unfinished gothic church, close to the former monastery, ooze an unusual and positive energy.
The church, although it looks more like a ruin, in fact it has never been finished. The building was probably built in the times of John the Blind’s reign by the owner of Týnec, Plichta of Žirotín. People who consider themselves sensitive to energy say that they feel an unusual energy in the place originally intended for an altar. Some say it gives them pins and needles to their hands. People come to Týnec to “re-charge”. Psychtronics even recommend a visit of the church to the sick.
Is St. Agnes there?
The name Panenský Týnec is derived from the Celtic word Taun, which was a place surrounded by walls. The town was nicknamed panenský (virginal) because the nuns from the Order of Poor Clares originally had their seat in the monastery, which was later changed into the local town hall. The nuns took care of the St. Agnes relics. Later on the relics disappeared somehow. This happened probably in the times of the Hussite Wars and for many centuries they have been searched for in vain. In the 17th century the Emperors Committee was even established in pursuit of this task. We can only guess whether St. Agnes is in Panenský Týnec or not, because the monastery has allegedly never undergone any research.
Wherever the truth is, Panenský Týnec is certainly worth a visit as there are also many other attractions. Close to the village you will find St. Blaise Church, which is unfortunately not usually open, however there is also a healing spring, which used to be sheltered by an alcove. The village is proud of its deceased honouree resident, the great hero General František Fajtl, as of the Battle of England. The unfinished church was also used to shoot movies: Kytice by F. A. Brabec and Post Coitum by Juraj Jakubisko, which is another reason why Franco Nero and many film Czech film stars came here.
It is without doubt an interesting area for tourists and includes a cycle path from the nearby town Louny to Panenský Týnec and several tourist paths lead from Týnec to Peruc. Every August, the nearby airport holds an open air festival.