This and that in Klenová

Klenová

A few years ago we stopped in Klenová for a while and visited an old church there, a small church hidden among trees. I just remembered there was also a gallery we didn’t want to visit at that time and having taken a few photos in front of the church and having spent several minutes there, we left for home. Last weekend we decided to visit that place once more and to be thorough this time and visit everything it offers. Which is the church, a gallery, an exhibition of photos and an exhibition of paintings, ruins of an old castle and a building of a new chateau.

When we arrived at our destination, we headed for the church at first and I was amazed to see the difference between its winter appearance during our last visit, and its autumnal appearance now. The current colourful leaves accompanied by beautifully blue sky made all the difference versus the previous bare branches and greyish hue of everything. To be understood well, I still love the winter captures, but feel like entering through another door this time.

Klenová-church

Klenová-church

We bought tickets in the cash office and got to know that they are valid for everything in the area. One can roam freely in the ruins, join a guided tour of the chateau, visit the current exhibitions and admire art pieces placed in the premises.

The castle was built in the 13th century but except for the fact that Kryštof Harant from Polžice and Bezdružice – an influential Czech nobleman from the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries – was born there, I didn’t find the castle’s history much interesting so I’m not going to repeat it here. Instead I’d like to share and describe a few captures I took.

No. 1: I haven’t found any explanation on the Internet but I guess that the flags which were flapping around in front of the cash office belonged to the families that owned the castle through history. What else could they represent?

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No. 2: Previously a granary, nowadays a part of the gallery. I liked the contrast in light, colours and structure between the building and the tree.

Klenová

No. 3: The figure below represents just the upper part of a much higher statue involving one more person but the detail was much warmer and expressive than the whole.

Klenová

No. 4: Ruins of the castle in floral detail. On our way there the weather was foggy but as soon as we arrived at the spot, the sky turned marvellous blue and all the photos profited from it.

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No. 5: Stairs leading to the ruins. I love that geometry. You can search the ruins while entering them from several directions and exploring them was really fun. Because of the views, the ways and the art pieces you could see along the way.

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No. 6: The wooden room is placed between the ruins on the left, the new building on the right and above a passage you pass through. The pattern caught my attention.

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No. 7 – 9: The three captures below were taken in a small yard with a big chestnut tree in the middle of it. As I was standing there, taking photos, another man with a camera came, passing quite quickly by me, and then he noticed what I was doing. He stopped in his tracks, looked around and took out his camera… I had to smile because this is what I like about photography, how differently we perceive our surroundings and thus can share different views and enrich one another.

Klenová

Klenová

Klenová

No. 10: Eventually, when you’ve seen everything, you can sit down and get the energy back. Menu for that day consisted of a broccoli soup, roasted turkey-hen with spinach and dumplings or spaghetti with mincemeat, and as a desert you could order a cottage cheese strudel with blancmange. We didn’t have anything from the menu but the meals sounded good to me and were not overpriced. The prices are given in Czech crowns.

Klenová

Well, that’s it today. I just want to add that the opening photo at the beginning of this post shows a view as seen from the castle. I intentionally left out my photos of the art pieces I’ve mentioned before as I’m going to devote my next post to those of them I liked most. They deserve to be treated separately.

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18 Comments

  1. I especially enjoyed this tour of the castle and the grounds, especially the different layouts of the buildings and the structure. I am looking forward to your next post and you are right, they deserve to be treated separately. Really nice, interesting post Petra – have a wonderful day.

  2. Hi Petra,
    I wonder what stories are behind those patterns or crests on the flags?
    Misty and foggy weather could produce some atmosphere and I like that but when it clears up all of sudden, I feel l am fortunate. The stone walls are beautiful. Look at those wild flowers growing in such a place.
    The gold autumn leaves matches the structures . Here we have to wait for a while till we enjoy beautiful autumn colors. Looking forward to the next post, Petra.

    1. Keiko, I’d love to know more about the probable crests but I haven’t found any information. It could be a good idea to keep it in mind and ask next time, a castle guide might know more.
      The blue sky was a nice surprise and I was grateful for it.

  3. Quality photography. I see so much in this post of what I try to look for in a town tour.

    Lovely shot of the church nestling amongst the rich variety of autumn colours. The flags, white building / tree image and shot 9 (fantastic) are so simple but all powerfully effective. All the geometric images are right up my street but I must mention my special appreciation for the contrast / merging of wall stones behind the metal fence and the subject of the tiny yellow flower in the alcove against the pure blue sky background (my extremely difficult to choose favourite). Lastly, the composition on the final image I found to be rather … tasteful !! 🙂

    1. J, thank you for your appreciative words, I’m pleased you like the photos. It is always so individual how we perceive the place, what we see and what we capture eventually and when sharing the captures, not everyone can see the same in them. Thank you for naming those that especially caught your attention, it’s interesting to know. 🙂

  4. I'm a little "late to the party," Petra; but I'm so glad I didn't miss this post entirely. The photos are stunning, all of them. I particularly enjoyed the richness of the stone and wood in several of the pictures, but I think my special favorite was the No. 4, of the stone wall against the blue sky. The gorgeous sky played well with the little bit of blue in the stones. But, really, I thought they were all spectacular.

    1. Linda, I’m pleased you came to have a look at the post, no matter how late it is. There is no rush. 😉
      Thank you for your appreciative words, I’m pleased you like the captures. The blue sky was a wonderful surprise.

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