CZ, Blansko – The Heart of the Moravian Karst III
Once we visited Blansko chateau and St Martin church we set off to a wooden structure. We spotted it when we observed the town. This structure is a church which actually doesn’t fit in the city’s architecture.
Once we reached the church we realized it must be something extraordinary and we were right! This structure is one of six churches transported here from Podkarpatska Rus to Bohemia. To be more precise, “blanensky” wooden church originates in Nizne Seliste town (on the borderline between Ukraine and Romania). It was built between the years 1601 to 1641.
The church is a part of the Contemporary Czechoslovakian Culture in 1928 exhibition. The exhibition took place at the reopened showground in Brno. Its bad condition was the reason why it was refused here. Instead a place in a Czechoslovakia’s Church parish was offered as the new ground for the church. Once the agreement was reach it was moved to Blansko in 1936. Carpenters from Ruthenia built it three months. In 1937, the church was opened. 2001 to 2005 it was renovated.
The unique orthodox structure is built in the style of Ruthenian gothic. It has a four-sided belfry the top of which ends in a pyramid shape. The top floor is open and bells are hanging inside. Orthodox icons make the decoration in the interior. In the present there are held masses, concerts and also exhibitions. Unfortunately the church was closed when we arrived there. However, its outside is so unique we didn’t even regret going there in vain.
It was getting dark therefore we set off towards our guest house. On our way we saw so called. Zamecek, a structure belonging to Jezek’s factory which existed there during the years 1910 and 1911. The edifice resembles Italian Miramare in the Gulf of Trieste. Famous industrialist Ing Richard Jezek built it when he had returned from the latter territory. It was truly a magnificent edefice.
We went on along the riverbank when we noted the massive Jezek bridge – 150 old, riveted railway bridge. Originally it crossed the Berounka river along the route from Prague to Plzeň. It got there thanks to the Jezek brothers. They got it there in the year 1911. The railway bridge operated until the year 1996 as it joined two banks of the Svitava river. However, due to planned adjustments to the river creek. The bridge had to be disassembled and it was almost scrapped but local group helped to save it. In 2010, the bridge was declared a cultural sight. There are even some plans which may set in motion a construction of a railway museum. We will gladly see it in the future.
All of a sudden we found ourselves at the guest house. We ate some dinner and hurried to the bed. We needed to be fresh for the following day, the final day of our stay in Blansko and the Czech Republic.
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Text and photo: Oskár Mažgút
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As was told in the first part, now you know why to go to Brno. You know where to start your exploration of the historical district and where to have lunch. What is next? We are going to spend some moments on Svoboda square. There is a mysterious astronomical clock. We cant avoit a visit to Spilberk castle, Villa Tugendhat (under UNESCO) and a functionalist borough around it. Of course, we are going to have a taste of the night life, great beer or wine, and we are going to see some glimpses of local students ’life. So let’s get started!
When I have learned recently that Lonely Planet declared Brno the least interesting city in the Czech Republic I couldn’t understand. Then I realized that it was good they said it after all. Had crowds of tourists been going there every day as they go to Prague it would soon loose its magic. Brno is a city of universities, fun, culture and many small, lovely places. The turning clock in the shape of a male genitalia from which a small glass ball falls out every hour. Smoking road signs are really to be found only here… New York Times was much more smarter. They put Brno on the list of 52 places where to go in 2016!
We concluded our walk in Adamov at a restaurant. Then we set off to Josefovske Valley in the lower reaches of Krtinsky Stream about 3 kilometers away. There is a conservation area where one can learn on recent history of the territory
In our journeys in the region of South Moravia we stopped at Adamov, a town situated 12 kilometers from Brno. Surrounded by forests the town is located on the confluence of the Svitava and Krtinsky creek. It has a population of 4.5 thousand.
Upon seeing the marvels of architecture in Blansko – the wooden church, chateau, Jezek’s bridge – today our goal are not only some other sghts. We also talk about the social life in the city.
Today we look again into the beautiful city in the heart of beautiful nature. Yes, we talk about Blansko, the entrance to the Moravian Karst. But it is not only that. It is a place of fascinating sights we take look at on the following lines.
Cerna Hora, a town of about 2000 (20 kilometers from Brno at the edge of Boskovicka Brazda) is situated in the Blansko district. Surrounded with beautiful forests, the town is famous for its brewery. We take a look at other places you shouldn’t miss as well.
Only couple of days ago, a unique interactive exhibition has been opened in the heart of the Moravian Karst (at the meeting point of Suchy and Pusty Zleb) near Skalni Mill. The exhibition take you through the history of this place in a very innovative way.
Once we introduced you the new interactive exhibition in the Moravian Karst Nature House we move bit further. Today we talk about our starting locality which is called Rocky Mill. This one is unique for many reasons.
Today we continue in our journey across the Moravian Karst. We have explored the Katerinska Cave and returned to Skalni Mill. Then we took an asphalt road towards the bottom station of the cable car. The cable car was supposed to take us up to the famous and popular Macocha Gorge.
We had paid our visit the House of Nature once we reached Skalni mill, a locality near Blansko district town, also thought about as the entrance to the Moravian Karst. We had also seen some of its surrounding. The trail going to the Katerinska cave is right behind this recently opened exhibition.
Today we conclude our tour in the Moravian Karst. We visit the Balcarka cave near Ostrov u Macochy village. This cave hides the greatest dripstones. Also, it is the most popular to visit. It unravels its 15 thousand years of history of human settlement. So lets go inside!
Moravian Karst is one of the most important climbing zones in the Czech Republic. There the history of classic as well as modern climbing was made.
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