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Smržovka - Urban's Stations of the Cross

The Way of the Cross from a famous illustrator and sledgehammer

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Smržovka - Urban's Stations of the Cross
Inserted: 16.04.2022
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com
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In the Jizera Mountains town of Smržovka we find an untraditional outdoor Stations of the Cross, which leads to a place with a beautiful view of the surroundings. The author of the paintings is the well-known cartoonist Petr Urban.

Way of the Cross

The story of Jesus Christ, which records human anger, despair and hope, is probably the best known, most popular and enlightening for many people. His depiction can be found in every church and in many other places.

Way of the Cross
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Petr Urban

Petr Urban, a well-known illustrator and sixteen-time national champion in sleigh rides, translated the well-known story of Christ into fifteen canvases. This Smržov patriot created this work in 2014.

Petr Urban
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The beginning of the Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross begins in Vřesová Street, where the painted Bethlehem is located and has a total of 850 meters. The first stop was ceremoniously presented on September 24, 2016. 2017.

The beginning of the Stations of the Cross
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Realistic rendering

Although Petr Urban is famous as a cartoonist, he portrayed the Stations of the Cross very realistically, including the facial expressions of people on canvas. Each stop is accompanied by an inspirational text and the granite pedestal shows the relevant sponsor.

Realistic rendering
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Location in the field

Urban's drawings are sometimes perceived as controversial, so it was not possible to place the Stations of the Cross in the church, but it is located in the streets and on the slopes of Liška Hill. It starts in Vřesová Street, leads along Občanská Street and then continues along the hillside along the road leading to the Filip ski lift.

Location in the field
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Smržov hell

At the end of the Stations of the Cross, next to the road, there is a rock massif, where Petr Urban created the Smržov hell.

Smržov hell
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Chapel

The Way of the Cross ends with the Chapel of Our Lady of Smržovská, which was opened in August 2020. Inside all the paintings of the Way of the Cross are collected, and in the middle of the chapel the painting of Our Lady of Smržovská painted by Petr Urban dominates.

Chapel
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View

From the end of the road, a sitting area has been set up, from where it is possible to enjoy a beautiful view of the opposite Bínův vrch and Tanvaldský Špičák.

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