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NIL NISI RECTUM

CONFISCATION? Not so much in this case! An aristocrat with ancient noble roots in Bavaria, Johann Adolf I of Schwarzenberg, starts to buy properties in Southern Bohemia after 30 years war (in the second half of the 17th century). However, the first manor, Třeboň, he receives from his friend, governor of Spanish Netherlands, who owes […]Read more …

A travel sketch

” WELL, there are old gables, bays, dormers, arcades, arches, galleries, battlements, sgraffito, frescoes, stairs up and down, balustrades, fountaines, columns, corner stones, nooks, frameworks, masshausses, underpasses, historic pavement, zig-zagging lanes…” A very dry description using summary of facts- isn´t it? But written by somebody who knew-how! THE OUTSTANDING CZECH WRITER KAREL ČAPEK visited Český […]Read more …

Water and Fire

THE SAINT FLORIAN likes action. The fronts of local houses show him repeatedly as protector against the fire. A stable pose, holding a vessel in his hands, he pours the water onto the burning buildings. He had more success in Český Krumlov than anywhere else. This town never suffered a conflagration. 1388// The lord of […]Read more …

“Secrets of the Roses”

“The Wars of the Roses” between Yorks and Lancasters in England. French “Le Roman de la Rose”. ” The Name of the Rose”, written by Italian author Umberto Eco. Rosaries or rose-windows opening cosmological horizons. Spiritual symbols as well as coats-of-arms of famous lords. For example House of Vítek/Witiko in history of Southern Bohemia. Medieval […]Read more …