About Tetiana Vorontsova
- Tetiana Vorontsova
Today I want to tell you about a very interesting area in the Czech Republic. It is called Czech Siberia. Czech Siberia got its name from the harsh climatic conditions. In Milicin, which belongs to the Benesov district, as in the neighboring villages, winters are longer and more severe than anywhere else in the interior of the country. When it snows, people here face the same problems as in the border mountains. Before clearing the roads, volunteers, including the mayor of Milicin, bring bread to some communities on cross-country skis for several days. Warm and cold fronts collide very often here. The most amazing thing is that when this happens, this area is covered in a fabulous outfit. This strip can be.. no more than a few kilometers wide. Trees become crystal from icing. Everything sparkles and shines with purity and incredibly fine ligature. Today I want to share with you a piece of this beauty! Maybe these are the last snow photos this year! 👍😉🐶
February 20, 2021
- Tetiana Vorontsova
Thank you very much for your attention to my photos and for missing them! 😍I am very pleased to receive your comments! Now is a little difficult time, firstly, it rains very often, it is cloudy and not very pleasant weather for photography. And secondly, the ongoing coronavirus epidemic will not subside.But I managed to escape on one of the sunny days and show you a small island of a real winter fairy tale! 😍😍🤗 May the sun always shine for you and take care of yourself! ❤️
Some intresting facts about the tower in the photos: This modern landmark of Ještěd was opened to great celebration on 21st September 1973. It measures an impressive 94 metres from the foot to the tip of the antenna, its odd shape is technically described as “rotational hyperboloid” and it was designed to take account of the truly extreme climatic conditions at the top. On the lower of the two floors there is the machine-room, technical equipment and operations room. Above these there is the look-out terrace, a buffet, restaurant with cafe and a hotel. The upper part houses the communications technology, with the top comprising a tubular extension on the top of which is placed a 17-metre-long antenna. There were some dramatic moments once it was completed, when the building has swayed in the strong winds and threatened the destruction of the tower. The constructors resolved this tricky situation by adding a 600 kg ballast weight and a vibration damper. With this kind of load any such high jinks are out of the question and Ještěd has led an unblemished life up to the present day.
February 5, 2021
- Tetiana Vorontsova
Karlštejn Castle was founded in 1348 by the Charles IV, King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor as his private residence and a place of safekeeping royal treasures, especially his collections of holy relics and the Imperial Crown Jewels. In 1355 Charles IV stayed here for the first time, overseeing the construction and decoration work, especially in chapels. The construction was completed in 1365 when the Chapel of the Holy Cross in the Great Tower was consecrated.The Chapel of the Holy Cross was the place of safekeeping the imperial crown jewels until 1420 when the Hussite wars (religious civil war) began, and they had not ever returned to Karlštejn Castle. After the wars in 1436, the Bohemian crown jewels were taken to the Chapel of the Holy Cross where they remained till 1619.The castle was a representative residence of Charles IV and his son Wenceslas IV only, i.e. till 1419. As a fortress, Karlštejn Castle protected the crown jewels, holy relics, and royal archives till the 17th century.Over the centuries the castle has always been in hands of the king or a state institution, never in private hands. Nowadays it is owned by the state.After 1480 the castle was rebuilt in the late Gothic style, in the last quarter of the 16th century in the Renaissance style. During the last reconstruction that took place at the end of the 19th century (by architect Josef Mocker) in the spirit of purism, the castle gained its present appearance.Very impressive is the preserved original stair-arrangement of individual castle buildings. The lower section with a small courtyard by the Well Tower and the Burgrave´s House continue through the majestic five-storey Imperial Palace and the Marian Tower. At the highest point, the construction of the castle culminates in a monumental, 60-meter-high Great Tower and its massive fortifications.
January 25, 2021
- Tetiana Vorontsova
Today I want to show you an incredibly beautiful Park, which is located very close to Prague.And as always, a little history...The contemporary shape of the Castle at Průhonice is a result of numerous reconstructions of the small medieval Gothic castle. It is built on a rocky promontory above the stream Botič, close to the Romanesque manor in which only the Romanesque Chapel of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary is still-standing. The first written report on Průhonice owners dates back to the 1270s. In those days it was probably a fortress but we do not know what it looked like.The Zapský family owned the castle in the second half of the 16th century and their reconstruction was based in Renaissance style. The original gothic walls gave the birth to the typical Renaissance residence with four wings and a central courtyard. From the beginning of the 17th century it was a home to the privy councillor of the Roman Emperor Rudolf II., Andreas Hannewald from Eckendorf. In this period a brewery, gardens, an orchard, as well as a prosperous village with a smithy belonged to the castle. During the Thirty Years’ War Průhonice estate was devastated. It was rebuilt by the Roman Emperor Counsel and knight Antonio Binago and his son Augustin. They owned it in the years 1636-1656. Then it was owned by Jesuits who lived in Průhonice from 1669-1685. In the 18th century the castle was mostly owned by the Desfours family. They reconstructed it after the war during the years 1742 and 1744.They established ornamental gardens with an orangery and a rich orchard. Towards the end of the 18th century Průhonice as a mansion was deserted. The castle was used mainly as a farmstead. In 1800 Count Jan Nepomuk Nostic-Rieneck bought the Průhonice estate and reconstructed the castle in Classicist style in order to restore its residential use. The family owned the castle throughout the 19th century. When Jan Nepomuk died in 1840, his son Albert and after him his daughter Marie Antonie Gabriela became the only heir of the manor. The new epic in the history of Průhonice started after she married the Count Arnošt Emanuel Silva-Tarouca in the year 1885.On 16 June 1885 the Count Arnošt Emanuel Silva-Tarouca and the Countess Marie Antonie Gabriela Nostic-Rieneck got married in Prague’s Smíchov. Arnošt Emanuel found a new settlement in Průhonice and also saw a landscape destined for setting up a vast park. He entrusted the reconstruction of the modest Průhonice Castle into a residence in the “Czech New Renaissance” style to the 26-year-old architect Jiří Stibral. Jiří Stibral was only a half year older than Arnošt Emanuel. The castle at that time had four wings with a central courtyard. It was more like a fortress. The last reconstruction in the Classist style gave it a modest appearance with a plain silhouette. This was not what Arnošt Emanuel had in mind. Jiří Stibral had to face the task of remodelling the plain building into an architectonic dominant of the park. The reconstruction took place in the years 1889-1893.Because of economical problems the Count Arnošt Emanuel Silva-Tarouca sold the park and the Castle in 1927 to the Czech State.Today the Castle is closed to public. The Institute of Botany of the ASCR, v.v.i. is housed in here. The Institute does fundamental research on vegetation and plants.
November 19, 2020
- 03:508.14 mi2.1 mph1,025 ft1,000 ft
- Tetiana Vorontsova
Pravčice Gate has been standing in its location since time immemorial. It is the result of millions of years of weathering of the less resistant parts of the rock mass, which consists of ashlar sandstone from the Turonian age.As tourists first began to discover the beauties of Pravčice Gate, a small bark-covered cabin stood at its foot and was used as a pub. The access path, known as Pelagiensteig, from the village of Hřensko was already paved by the end of the 1870s, and around that time the promenade trail towards Mezní Louka was also built.In 1881, the owner of the estate, Duke Edmund Clary-Aldringen, built the built Sokolí hnízdo (Falcon’s Nest), a holiday château at Pravčice Gate. For this purpose, he invited workmen from Italy for the simple reason that they were the cheapest labour at the time. The whole château was built within one year, which is almost record time when one takes into consideration the size of the structure and the period in which it was built. Several years later, guardrails were installed on the cliff lookouts dotted throughout the surroundings. Soon after the restaurant was built, an entrance fee was introduced.Pravčice Gate is the largest natural rock gate on the European continent and a national nature monument. It is considered to be the most beautiful natural formation in Bohemian Switzerland and is the symbol of the entire area.
November 8, 2020
- Tetiana Vorontsova
A remarkable rock town in the easternmost part of Bohemian Paradise (Český ráj). It is a romantic labyrinth of thin sandstone towers and pillars, plateaus, ravines and chasms, with a large network of sign-posted tourist routes and numerous observation points from the rock formations. The Prachov Rocks are one of the most favorite tourist areas in the Czech Republic and belong to the country’s oldest nature reserves. A number of rare species living here includes Great owls, bats and several types of woodpeckers. Also the pines growing on the top of the rocks are awe – deserving. The shapes of the landscape inspired many vistiors in the past and the area became a cradle of the Czech rock-climbing.Some legends from rock-climbers: Rumor has it that the first ring in this forty-meter wall was boldly hammered there by the daring Ilja Špitálský. However, the overhanging wall stopped him from climbing further. Later, when Petr Mocek was finishing the route with Vašek Cajtháml, the former dropped his hammer while he was placing the ring, it hit Cahtháml into his head and he had to go to the hospital right away… “Of course that’s just a legend. Had he dropped the hammer, that would be the end of it,” remembers Petr Mocek in the famous Kalírna pub in Adršpach. “He dropped the hand drill, but of course that is heavy as hell.”
October 18, 2020
- 01:481.80 mi1.0 mph125 ft50 ft
- Tetiana Vorontsova
Legends:On a rocky promontory at the confluence of the Vltava and Otava rivers stands the medieval castle of Zvikov, which is one of the most visited attractions in the Czech Republic. But before tourists, according to legend, he keeps a secret in the form of a riot of mischievous Raráška, as well as several magical signs on the tower. Their meaning, they say, remains unknown to this day. In the center of the castle complex rises a strange Tuber Tower (Hlízová věž), called Markomanka, which, due to its location, could never perform a defensive function. According to rumors, she stood here since time immemorial, long before the construction of the castle, and played a certain special role. This theory, according to the mysteryologists, is evidenced by the signs engraved on its shell, the meaning of which no one was able to decipher. These are probably rune-like protective symbols. They were said to protect the very royal crown, which was once kept in a tower in the sacred crown chamber.Behind the so-called wedding hall, we find a vaulted room that served as a guest room. It is here, according to legend, that the mischievous and malevolent spirit of Rarasek most often appears, who loved to wake up sleeping guests and destroy their belongings. In 1579, he had to expel from the castle the builders who were repairing the Markomanka tower. According to some visitors, a special energy is felt here, which disrupts the operation of all devices. The filmmakers who shot the fairy tale "Marie Ruzicka" in 1994 also have a sad knowledge of Raráška. Although they were warned that it was forbidden to shoot in the mysterious lobby, they did not pay attention to this and soon became convinced that Raráška was indeed somewhere nearby. An unknown force destroyed three of their monitors, virtually stopping all filming. Then no one doubted the existence of a local ghost. In addition, the director of the fairy tale and the main character of the film died within a year, allowing himself to spend the night in the crown hall of the castle. Zvikov Castle offers beautiful nature, landscape views and several secrets. But do not try to annoy the local Rarashka and leave the castle before dark.Thank you for reading to the end !! 😍😍😍
October 11, 2020
- Tetiana Vorontsova
I apologize in advance for translation errors ...To the southeast of the village of Kostomlyaty near Mileshovka there was a castle on a hill, the remains of which have survived to this day. The village was first mentioned in 1333 as belonging to the Osek estate. Also, the castle stood, perhaps already in 1333 and is referred to in German as "Haus", but already in 1335 it is referred to as a castle ("castrum"). Earlier local historians identified it with the well-designed Sukoslav Castle of the chronicler Vaclav Hajek from Libočany.An access road to it led from the northeast through the tank to the gate of the outer Lower Castle, which was protected by a round tower on the left, accessible from the wall gallery on the ground floor and on the fourth floor, equipped with a grooved adjustment. The lower castle was walled on the north, west and south sides, from the east it entered through a moat into the inner upper castle.
In 1333, the owner from Oseka gave the Kostomlatsky castle to Leno Choteborov from Herstein. The belongings of the castle were small, the village of Kostomlyaty near Mileshovka belonged to it. In 1335 the castle was bought by the Moravian Margrave Charles, later Emperor Charles IV. it is also the first reliable account of the castle. Habart the elder of Zerotin, whose successors sold the estate in 1388 to Jindřich Škopek of Duba, was lord of Kostomlatech in 1370. At the beginning of the Hussite Wars, Kostomlyata was owned by Albrecht Skopek of Duba, the Grand Commander of the Order of German Knights in the Czech province. During the Hussite Wars, Albrecht Skopek defended the castle from the Hussite invaders. However, it was badly damaged in 1434 during the Battle of Lipan, when it was besieged by the Hussite hetman Jakubek, who at that time did not take part in the Battle of Lipan and fought in northern Bohemia at his own expense. The army of the Lord, returning victorious from the Battle of Lipan, incited by Zikmund from Vartemberk on Decin, fought with Yakubek in an attempt to wrest Kostomlat from the siege. Yakubek was not very successful in the battle, as the Pan's infantrymen unexpectedly invaded the battlefield from an ambush. However, 1435 is mentioned as the owner of the castle. He won his other disputes about the castle with Messrs. Dube, and the whole line of his offspring was then named Kostomlacki from Vrzeszowice. It was founded by the son of Yakub Yakub, who took over the inheritance rights in 1468. After 1562, only the city of Kostomlata belonged to the castle.
October 8, 2020