Rock Chapel of St. Ignatius

The unique Chapel of St. Ignatius from 1760 is carved into the rock. Opposite the chapels stands a sandstone wayside shrine. The history of the rock chapel is associated with the smallpox epidemic that broke out in Všemily in spring 1810. In the registries of the villages of Všemily and Srbská Kamenice the vicar recorded a total of 26 deaths diagnosed as dysentery. The Srbská Kamenice priest Ignaz Clar turned to God for help in this time of need. On the day of his baptism patron St. Ignatius of Loyola, i.e. 31st July, he organised a begging procession. The last victim was forty-eight-year-old Veronika Füllerová, who died on 6th September 1810. However, after that the epidemic subsided. Since then, for the local people St. Ignatius’ Day has been a day of thanksgiving and gratitude for Ignatius’ plea was also what led to the construction of a chapel consecrated to him. The list of crosses and chapels from 1835 states that the Všemily chapel (Schemmler Kapelle in German) was carved into stone on farmland and decorated with a painting of St. Ignatius of Loyola. All that is written about the creator of the chapel – whose name is not given – is that he moved to Studené.

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