Strážnice

In one of my previous posts you could see the open-air museum in Strážnice, reminding us of the past of the area. Today I’d like to add a few photos from the town itself, photos capturing the traditional face of the town.

Strážnice is known as a place where a popular International Folklore Festival takes place every year. It started in 1946 and last year it was visited by more than 20 000 visitors.

There are several buildings in the town which preserve the typical decoration as you can see in the following two photos. The patterns are not same but have the same style. Some of the houses don’t have that blue stripe at the base and as you can see in the two photos, the stripe is either decorated with those little arcs or it is plain.

Strážnice

Hopefully there will always live people in the town which will like the style and will be proud of decorating their houses with it. The problem is that you can’t apply it to every house so the architecture plays an important role.

Strážnice

In the following photo you can see a Church of Assumption of the Virgin Mary, it was consecrated in 1750. It’s quite a huge building from both outside and inside and rather impressive. I was surprised to see a glass case placed near the front altar and displaying relics of the pope John Paul II – a piece of cloth he was wearing at the time when he escaped an assassination attempt in 1981, a piece of cloth stained with his blood. I wouldn’t expect seeing such a “modern relic” anywhere…

Strážnice-church

The following White Watchtower was built in 1615 as part of the town’s fortification. It looked wonderful against the blue sky. I didn’t know there is a chance to climb it up so next time, if there is any, it would be a great idea to see the town from above.

Strážnice-tower

In the last photo, there is a building that attracted my attention as well, it’s of a high school.

Strážnice

Well, that’s all and I regret that I didn’t take many more photos as there would be much more to show. There was quite a strong Jewish community living in the town before WWII and we visited the local synagogue used as a museum nowadays. There is a street full of little houses where the Jews lived and you can perceive the atmosphere of the place. There was an interesting building of another high school and a picturesque town hall. But perhaps it’s not that bad to have a reason to return there one day and see the town from a different point of view.

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20 Comments

  1. The town looks very clean and well kept. All the buildings are beautiful, whether decorated according to old custom or looking a little more contemporary. I really liked the decorations on the building in the first photograph. It looks like stenciling above and beside the windows. Very pretty. Interesting about the piece of cloth from the assassination attempt on the Pope. I'm like you…I wouldn't have expected that either.

    1. Linda, thank you for the feedback. I don’t know the technique of the decoration and I didn’t find any piece of information on the Internet either but it does resemble stencilling. It might even be stencilling but when I look at details, I’m not sure of that.

  2. So neat and tidy and the decorations on the buildings are just beautiful – We have such drab houses here in comparison to the majority of European buildings. I love the Church and its history. Even a high school . Really nice captures in photos and I think you do have a reason to return. I was quite amazed that there was a piece of cloth with the blood of the Pope on it in an attempted assassination – that is most interesting and would have really surprised me. Thank you for this history and looking forward to your next post. Have a wonderful day.

    1. Lilly, thank you for your appreciative comment. There are many drab houses here as well but I’m very pleased to say that many of them have been repaired and enhanced since the end of the socialism in 1989. I’m always happy to see that both individuals and municipalities care.

    1. Rune, I absolutely agree with what you say about the people, they may spice a photo enormously. I still don’t feel really comfortable when capturing people in my photos but sometimes there is no other way and it may even benefit the photo. All of these places were abandoned when we visited them, there were not many people in the streets.

  3. I agree with you about taking photos with people in them. You want to share something you find interesting, but you can't be sure if the passersby are interested in sharing themselves with your visitors. It must have been a nice, crisp day for your visit as the sky is such a dazzling blue, and the air is so clear. I am looking forward to days like that here. Enough humidity!

    1. Sarah, the paintings make the town quite special though they aren’t very frequent.

      You’re right about the sadness of the Jew’s story. In my opinion, the town must suffer from that loss itself because this part of history has been clearly missing there. BTW, the synagogue doesn’t look prominent from the outside, but inside it is simple but beautiful.

  4. They are really picturesque buildings!
    Sorry for my ignorance but I don't know what happened to the pope at the church in 1981. I'll look it up later.
    As for taking pictures, I have an ambivalent idea. Some time I'd rather go out without camera. For one thing I'd simply enjoy being there and feeling immersed in what I could get from there without thinking of what to take or how to take it, in addition to that, I am afraid I am not good enough to capture what I'd be amazed or moved. On the other hand I may regret missing the precious opportunity to remember well and to share with others if I don't take pictures…
    Anyway I enjoyed the pictures here. Thank you for sharing, Petra.

    1. Keiko, thank you. I understand what you mean about that dilemma of taking versus not taking photos. What I see is different when I’m just enjoying the atmosphere of the place or when I’m looking through the viewfinder of a camera. And yes, sometimes I’m not able to capture what I would like to share. But then I come home and see how much more I could have preserved in my photos… But could I? That’s the question.

      The attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II took place in St. Peter’s Square at Vatican City in 1981 when the Pope was shot four times and seriously wounded by a Turk. The Turk was caught and imprisoned and then visited by the Pope who said that he had forgiven him and applied for pardon.

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