Jablunkov Off The Beaten Path

  • ROOF  OF  A  HOUSE  ON  THE  TOWN  SQUARE
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  • 7 KM  TO  POLAND  AND  25  KM  TO  WISLA,  POLAND
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  • NEGLECTED,  OLD  BUILDING
    NEGLECTED, OLD BUILDING
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    Muzeum Tesinska

    by matcrazy1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    MUZEUM  TESINSKA  IN  JABLUNKOV

    I visited Muzeum Tesinska in Jablunkov in late 90'. Tesin is a name of nearby city divided into Polish and Czech part now where main part of the museum is located.

    In Jablunkov it was historical and etnographic museum of the area which contained some interesting old photographs and original, old local, folklore costumes on display.
    Guides/leaflets in 3 languages were available:
    - English,
    - German,
    - Polish.

    LOCATION
    On Jablunkov main town square, on left side of E-75 highway driving towards Slovakia, just before Bullawa hotel.
    Address: Marianske namesti 14, 739 91 Jablunkov, Czech Republic

    HOURS
    Mon - Fri: 9.00am - 5.00pm
    Sat: 9.00am - 1.00pm
    Sun: 1.00pm - 5.00pm

    ENTRANCE FEES
    Adults - 10 Kc,
    Children, ISIC card holders - 5 Kc.

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    7 km (4 mi) to Poland :-)

    by matcrazy1 Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    7 KM  TO  POLAND  AND  25  KM  TO  WISLA,  POLAND

    Look at the direction sign in the downtown/centre of Jablunkov. There is only 7 km (4 mi) to Czech village of Bukovec and 10 km to road border crossing point to Poland (Bukovec - Jasnowice).

    I crossed the border once there - very small and empty border check-point - real off the beaten path, very picturesque mountain highway with amazing views. Warning: the highway is narrow at some places and bumpy esp. after winter. Anyway, my recommendation is to drive to mountain resort Wisla (25 km = 15.5 mi) where Malysz - world famous Polish ski jumper was born and lives.

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    Dormer windows

    by matcrazy1 Updated Feb 19, 2004

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    DORMER  WINDOWS

    I found some nice looking dormer windows walking around Jablunkov. Just look around.

    Dormer window (or shorter dormer) in English means a window sticking out from a sloping roof. The word derives from Latin word "dormire" which means to sleep. People used to put bedroom just under the roof of their houses not heavy lighted by dormer windows.

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    Impressive portals

    by matcrazy1 Updated Feb 19, 2004

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    TOWN  HALL  PORTALS

    I paid attention to very beautiful portals of Jablunkov Town Hall (Radnice in Czech language). It was really large and important-looking entrance to a building. Those who were in power never were too modest, they often used to add impressive portals to their seats probably in each culture, not only in Europe. Am I wrong?

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    Town Hall

    by matcrazy1 Updated Feb 19, 2004

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    TOWN  HALL  IN  JABLUNKOV

    Last time we walked along main street (highway E-75) towards Slovakia till we reached one of the most impressive buildings of Jablunkov. It was the Town Hall, built in the Viennese Secession style in 1904.

    Word "secession" was used in German to caracterise artistic movements rejecting historical styles imitation. Viennese Secession is the most known but such movement existed also in Germany (Dresden, Munchen, Berlin). It's usually regarded as a part of Art Nouveau - an art movement in reaction to the academical schools at the end of the XIXth century (1894-1914) that was before WWI.

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    Lovely streets and passages

    by matcrazy1 Updated Feb 18, 2004

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    ARCADES  IN  JABLUNKOV

    This lovely, narrow street went out of the Jablunkov main square (Marianske namesti).

    In many Czech and Polish towns and cities close to Jablunkov there were arcades - typical architectural elements, covered areas or passages in which there were shops/stores placed. Not many of them survived till now, though.

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    Lovely town squares

    by matcrazy1 Updated Feb 18, 2004

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    JABLUNKOV  TOWN  SQUARE

    Excuse me, it's more Czech than Jablunkov Off The Beaten Path tip - I will transfer it to my new Czech page, soon!

    Driving many times around or through Czech Republic I found a lot of lovely town squares even in most off the beaten path destinations.

    They were often renovated recently, surrounded by colorful, old houses, covered by cobblestones and sometimes closed to traffic. The town squares were often decorated with flowers and old statue usually of local saint standing on high post put in the square.

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    Destroyed... by war?

    by matcrazy1 Updated Feb 18, 2004

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    NEGLECTED,  OLD  BUILDING

    Excuse me, it's more Czech than Jablunkov Off The Beaten Path tip - I will transfer it to my new Czech page, soon!

    I could still easy find many old and very neglected buildings in Czech towns and cities including Prague. Rather off the beaten path though, now.

    Some of them looked like destroyed by war. Weren't they renovated since WWII? Maybe by war, maybe by time. I must explain that many state-owned houses were neither renovated nor painted for years under communist regime of Czechoslovakia. It started to change since 1990 where more and more houses found their real private owners.

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    Pitched and gable roofs

    by matcrazy1 Updated Feb 18, 2004

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    ROOF  OF  A  HOUSE  ON  THE  TOWN  SQUARE

    Both old houses surrounding Jablunkov town square (Marianske namesti = Mary's square) and newer ones had pitched or more steep gable roofs.
    Why? Although they look much better than flat roofs they must be more expensive.
    Just my theory on it: Jablunkov is located in mountainous area so there are heavy snow falls there at least from time to time in wintertime. Flat roofs would not endure tons of snows. People would be obliged to remove snow from their houses flat roofs which means - believe me - a lot of hard work.

    Styled wooden houses formed the town till the 19th century. There were many fires in 19th century. Especially the last fire in 1890 forced the inhabitants of Jablunkov started to build brick houses.

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    Angels with... swords?

    by matcrazy1 Written Feb 16, 2004

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    ANGEL  WITH  SWORD

    Look at architectural details of the fountain on main town square (Marianske Namesti). There were stone sculptures of angels with swords put below dominating Holy Mother (Immaculata) statue. The angels' statues were well preserved and guarded the main sculpture of Holy Mother.

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    Born in 1655

    by matcrazy1 Written Feb 16, 2004

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    TOWN  SQUARE  BAROQUE  FOUNTAIN

    This statue of Holy Mother (Immaculata) on my picture was born in 1655 and stands on the post on the main town square - Marianske Namesti (St. Mary's Square). Nowadays it's a small baroque fountain surrounded by flowers even in October as you can see. There was wooden pipe used to transport water to the fountain in the past.

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    St. Mary statue

    by matcrazy1 Updated Feb 16, 2004

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    SAINT  MARY  STATUE

    Walking around Jablunkov I found quite many small chapels and statues of saints located along local streets. Someone always took care of them, so they never looked neglected and usually there were fresh flowers put below. This statue of St. Mary on my picture stood by main highway E-75.

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    Not renovated yet!

    by matcrazy1 Updated Feb 16, 2004

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    NOT  RENOVATED  YET!

    One of the old houses located on town square was not renovated in October 2003 (yet!). Look at my picture and try to imagine how grey or better to say black looked all the houses around before renovation. I am sure that this building will look quite different when I get to Jablunkov next time - the town changes relatively fast recently.

    There was and still is large steelworks in nearby city of Trinec (11 km = 7 mi north) which produced a lot of air polution in 80'. Hmm... it was crime against natural environment to put dirty industry among beautiful mountains in my opinion. Houses of Jablunkov were almost black unless painted each year that time. Hmm... they didn't paint them for years that time.

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    Roman catholic chapel

    by matcrazy1 Updated Feb 16, 2004

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    ROMAN  CATHOLIC  CHAPEL

    There was Roman catholic chapel with holy cross hang on the wall of Jablunkov parish church - just on the right side of the main highway E-75 driving towards Slovakia. There were two sculptures put on posts below the cross and there were always fresh flowers put on the ground there. It was well seen sign of quite strong religious influences in this area of Czech Republic although 39.8% of Czechs declared to be atheists (only 5% in Poland).

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    Ugly architecture

    by matcrazy1 Written Feb 16, 2004

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    IN  CENTRE/DOWNTOWN  OF  JABLUNKOV

    Except nice looking, renovated, old houses I could still find ugly architecture even in the same downtown/centre of Jablunkov. Just one example of strange looking shed located along main street just by the main town square. Maybe they will demolish it soon.

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