The Old Catholic Kreuzkirche
The Old Catholic Kreuzkirche, built in 1900 at the eastern side of Jablonec, was one of the first projects of the young architect Josef Zasche, who was mere 29 years old at the time. It is deemed to be one of the most beautiful sacred buildings of the Czech Jugendstil. This comparatively small church, about 30 metres long and 15 metres wide, speaks the language of the early days of Jugendstil. The rather austere façades are only at select places decorated with the typical motifs of flowers and animals. This modest design is also to be found on the inside, which is 20 metres in height, and accessed via a convex anteroom. The sparingly placed elements of Jugendstil emphasize the noble and understated style of the whole church. The world-famous jewellery designer Daniel Swarovski was one of the co-founders of the church. 30 years later, Josef Zasche built the Sacred Heart Church in Jablonec, which, in contrast to the Kreuzkirche, wears a modern and distinct badge.