SR, Holic – Unique Windmill
Today, we travel to the region of Zahori. There we visit the town of Holic which holds a unique Baroque/classicist chateau, megaliths, and last but not least a windmill, our main destination for today.
The ride from Bratislava to Holic was very fast. It was partly due to us observing picturesque meadows and villages we passed by. Blooming poppy, and sunflower, beautiful blue sky and sun created true summer impression. All of a sudden we were in the center of the town. There our troubles to find a way began. Luckily, we noticed a direction board that had to guide us to the only remaining windmill in Slovakia . Right when we made a turn, the road split again. We took our GPS navigation which clearly pointed where we needed to. After driving on an asphalt road, we reached a path, and climbed uphill. Had we lower car we wouldn’t risk this road and walked instead (you can park even in Pod sypkou sreet). Five minutes of adventurous ride later we were in the forest. There is a parking space and many benches. Also you can see there a building with letters saying “Good Hunt!”, a shooting range and the three-storey mill.
Compact stone structure was built in the end of the 19Th century. It looks similar to windmills scattered across the Netherlands. Its foundation consists of a brick round-shaped building with the entrance door and a small window. It concludes with a brick dome covered with asphalt plates. About a meter below the roof there isn iron wind wheel. The current form of the windmill dates to the 1970s when local gaming association renovated it. Until 1926, however, the windmill had a rotational roof with a wind wheel which rotated according to wind. It had operated until the end of the WWI. It’s a pity that the mechanism hasn’t been preserved. It would have made the structure even more unique. Today, the structure operates as a hunter’s cottage chatastrong>, i.e. a shelter operating during cultural events in the area.
Maybe, as we did, you think – why on earth there is a windmill in Slovakia. It is due to large drought at the end of the 19th century. Traditional water mills were replaced by windmills. Records talk about couple of windmills in the villages of Sobotiste, Vrbovce or Chvojnice. Yet the one in Holic is the only one that has been preserved until the present day.
The windmill in Holic was also placed on a post stamp in April 2013. This puts it into a collection of other sights which are on post stamps. We were, however, slightly disappointed because there were no texts on this unique sight. Surroundings is covered with dense forests which makes it hard to see the sight. We believe, this landmark will be more accessible to the public in the future. It was pretty unpleasant to see disappointed tourists who only came here, shrugged their shoulders and left.
We haven’t condemned the place. We sat down for a while and then set off to see another beautiful places in Slovakia.
GPS: 48°47'59.59"N 17°10'21.66"E
Text and photo: Oskár Mažgút
The city of Trnava is located in the central part of Trnavian Highlands. From historical point of view, it is one of the most interesting cities in Slovakia. Lets join us in exploration of this city. Since ancient times, trade routes crossed it, rulers changed and breathtaking sacral buildings were erected.
The Trnava region is located in the western part of the Slovak Republic. The area is the second smallest, but it offers more than enough tourist attractions. Lovers of history can take a tour of Trnava, for those who like spa, we recommend a visit to Piešťany, Velký Meder or Galanta, for gourmets and lovers of specific architecture Skalice and for pilgrims is definitely a picturesque stop Šaštín-Stráže.
Last week we learned about the Trnava region from a height, we invited you to nature and visited a medieval ruin. Today we are going for a walk through exceptional cities.
We will go for the beauties of sacral monuments even today. This time we will visit the village of Čáry in the northern part of the Záhorská lowland. It is located in the valley of the river Myjava, about 22 km from the district town Senica. It is adjacent to the important pilgrimage town of Šaštín-Stráže or the village of Gbely, a famous oil field.
Záhorská Ves je obec u řeky Moravy na okraji Borské nížiny. Dostupná je třeba po romantické cyklostezce z bratislavského Děvína. A co vás tu čeká? Krásná přírodní scenerie v povodí řeky Moravy, zajímavosti hraniční linie, monumentální starý cukrovar i půvabné sakrální památky, a to vše jen 40 km od hlavního města.
Join us for a walk in one of the most important spa towns in Slovakia. There you can enjoy nature, culture, and amazing landmarks. Today we visit Piestany.
Beautiful Adamovska lakes belong to the Gbely town disctrict. The lakes are popular mostly among people that want to recreate and people who own cottages. Also several thousand water birds made this place their oasis. A visitor can observe them from nearby observation post.
After a short break yet again we went for a walk the Small Carpathian Mountains. This time we visited Hlbocianska valley near he town of Smolenice.
In our today’s journey across Slovakia we visit a remarkable ruin located in the region of Trnava only 3 kilometers from Dechtice. People call it Katarinka yet its official name is church and monastery of Saint Catherine of Alexandria.
Last week we made a tour from Dechtice to the church and monastery of St Catherine. This nice stroll inspired us to make another trip – this time to Dobra Voda town, couple of kilometers away. The town boasts with a beautiful ruin of a castle and Jan Holly.
We invite you on a trip to the village of Petrova Ves (Skalica district), which is located in a small but even more picturesque Chvojnická hills. Its neighbors are Gbely, Šaštín-Stráže, Letničie, Unín, Radimov and Holíč. The territory of the village is largely deforested and intensively used for agriculture. The oldest written mention of the village comes from 1392.
After several weeks, more or less spent at home watching television because I during a crazy ride on motor bikes fractured ribs, I could no longer wait for the next trip. On long trips my body still did not dare, so we decided that we go somewhere to water.
What else we loved about the region of Zahorie located in west Slovakia? Well, where is the only preserved building since the Great Moravia empire? Answers to this question and others are in this article.
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