Boskovice Things to Do

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    Gardening Lebis

    by eledhwen Updated Apr 4, 2011

    If you are mad for flowers and plants as me and my friend, just visit this place. There are each summer small exhibitions - flowers, vegetables atc. And of course you can buy here a lots of plants, as we did ... impatiens, plumbago, sedum, hibiscus, petunia, begonia and many many more ...

    The exhibition is opened through summer daily from 08:00 - 17:00. This gardening is very good, as they made also the floral decoration at the wedding of Natalia Maria Mensdorff-Pouilly and Karlos van Endert de Aparacio in the year 2003.

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    Arboretum Smelcovna

    by eledhwen Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Opening times:
    Monday - Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

    An experienced gardener, Mr. Ladislav Vlk, started to build a collection garden of ornamental woods in the year 1965. Mr. Josef Janku carries on the work till today. The collection garden became in the year 1992 a part of private Garden company Smelcovna. Simultaneously it became an integral part of significant landscape element Dva dvory - Smelcovna.
    There were planted out 15000 bulbs of flowers in the year 2001 and a year later 460 plants of Iris and Hemerocallis. You will find here a lots of ornamental grasses, azaleas, rhododendrons and many many other flowers. There is also a Gardencentre, where you can buy plants for your garden. The whole complex has almost 70 000 m2.

    Arboretum Smelcovna beautiful spring flowers Radek and the tree :-) Trees in the arboretum and view of the hills
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    Jewish cemetery

    by eledhwen Updated Aug 16, 2006

    This cemetery is the "new" Jewish cemetery, where was the "old" one nobody knows. There are some theories and the likeliest is that the "old" cemetery was demolished by building the chateau's garden.

    There are about 2500 tombstones at the site. The oldest one is from the year 1640 and the youngest are from the 30-ies of the 20th century. The most precious ones are the Baroque ones from the 18th century.

    The condition of the cemetery is not good, as it lies on a hillside and the winds and water do derogate the old tombstones made from sandstone or arenaceous marl. And also there are not many descendants left to take care of the forefathers' tombs.

    I made the pictures of the cemetery in black&white, it emphasizes more the spirit of this place. When we were there it started to rain. So, the atmosphere was unique. Visiting cemeteries makes me feel linked to the past (general or private) but looking at the tombstones from the WWII made me feel sad ... there lie whole families that never came back from the concentration camps, small children - two, nine, eleven years old ... just thinking about it brings tears in my eyes ...

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    Jewish town

    by eledhwen Updated Aug 15, 2006

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    Go from the castle down to the heart of Boskovice to Jewish town. It is known quite a lot about the Jewish settlement. There is special exposition in the Placka museum in the Jewish town. It is open daily except Mondays from 10:00 - 16:30. There are records about the first Jew already from the year 1343. But the Jewish Quarter was not established till the first half of the 16th century. Around the year 1589 there were 148 Jews in 25 family houses. 150 years later there were 1531 Jews already. Further growth of the population was stopped by a law: there could be only 326 Jewish families. A closed ghetto was established after the year 1727. It was separated by two gates and some chains. Start your visit by the entrance gate into the Jewish town in Hradni street. Formerly there were doors, which were closed for the night. Go into Plackova street with a line of houses with history and tales. After few meters you will find the first protected house (No.2), which was renewed by his owner Salomon Beamt after a big fire in 1823. The facade imitates the then new look of the Empire chateau. The house No.25 is one of the oldest. It has Renaissance cellar and Baroque core. Rosa Fleischmann lived here, she lately moved to Vienna, where she married Jurij Dimitrov, the leader of the Bulgarian labour movement. Their son Bernard was a soldier in the Svoboda's army. Over the entrance of the house No.6 you can see a metal plate with a Hebrew inscription: "White on black - for the memory of the destruction - 1832". There is a Jewish museum on the ground-floor. There are a lots of interesting houses, some are protected and you do not know why and some, which you think they should be protected, are not - for example the Rabbi's house on Plackova street 45. From three synagogues is left just one the Synagoga maior, sensitively repaired by Arnost Wiesner. The Jewish cemetery lies 500m behind the town on a hill called Srak. As it has 14 528 m2, it is one of the biggest in the Czech republic.

    Jewish Quarter
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    Boskovice chateau

    by eledhwen Updated Aug 15, 2006

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    The chateau can be found on Hradni street. It is in Empire style and so it is enclosed with parks. You will pass through a wrought gate into the front garden. Two-storied building has four wings, that form inside a simple yard. The chateau's door opens into an antique hall supported by mighty columns. The Empire glasshouse was established in the year 1826. The walls of the chateau's rooms are decorated with gentle stucco, illusory paintings and fabric tapestries. There is quite a lot of furniture, paintings and pottery. For example interesting children's furniture and rococo theatre or copper celestial globe.
    The season starts in April, but groups can settle a sightseeing also off the season.

    You can follow the Hradni street up to the castle. You will pass the Pansky dvur - former farm buildings and menials house from the 17th century. Today you will find here a cinema-cafe. In front of it is standing a former nunnery of merciful sisters of St.Vincent from Paula. The cloister was built by the count Alfons Mensdorff-Pouilly in the year 1857 on the place of the feudal hospital.

    the Empire Boskovice chateau
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    Boskovice castle

    by eledhwen Updated May 12, 2006

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    The castle stands up above the valley of the stream Bela in the height 448 m with a view of Mala Hana and Chlumy. It was built probably in the 13th century. It is surrounded by quite well-preserved ramparts with loop-holes. You can find on the walls the marks of long past conquers - burrowed in stone shots. Over the main gate are three panels with the coat of arms of the Lords from Zastrizly with Czech inscriptions from the year 1568. In the upper edge of the gate preserved wooden roller - the rest of the draw-bridge over the moat (today landed up). Approx. 30 m deep well powered by wooden treadwheel, the only one still working in the Czech republic, presents a technical attraction. Partly preserved are also cellarage, gateways, Gothic and Renaissance windows and oriels.

    The main gate and the first yard Remains of the palace The second gate Remains of the Knight's hall The tower with a view to Chlumy
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