Along the river Lomnice through a region of castles, mills, forests and wetlands
The river Lomnice springs in Brdy as the Smolivecký stream to the south. Below the village of Tchořovice, its flow turns to the east and then flows through Blatná, where it flows into the Závišín brook in the castle park. From the outlet of the pond it is already called Lomnice. After 32 km it flows into the Orlická dam.
Origin of the river Lomnice
From the outlet of the Chateau pond in Blatná, the stream bears the name Lomnice. Of interest is the sluice of the pond combined with a bridge, on which a stone cross is placed.
When looking over the Přední Topič pond, the manorial contribution granary catches the eye. The granary was built before 1837. The three-storey building has an interesting facade, untraditionally shaped semicircular windows, the entrance façade is dominated by a central risalit with a columned portico and thermal windows.
Buzice Castle was rebuilt from the original medieval fortress, which has been mentioned since 1348. A Gothic tower has been preserved from the end of the 14th century, followed by two wings rebuilt into a Baroque granary in the 16th and 17th centuries. Thanks to the massive walls surrounding the courtyard, the appearance of a medieval castle has been preserved. The tour is possible by prior arrangement on 777 803 220. It is interesting that the film Honor and Glory was shot here, starring Karel Höger and Rudolf Hrušínský, among others.
Buzický, Spoustovský mill
The mill, mentioned as early as 1397 (perhaps even built as early as 1310), originally formed an accessory of the Buzice castle. During the reconstruction after 1918, a water turbine was installed here and a power plant was set up. The mill attracts with its unusual three-storey building.
Stone bridge in the village of Buzice
The Baroque bridge in Buzice was built in 1768. On this bridge there is a niche chapel with a statue of the Virgin Mary. The bridge, together with the municipality, was severely damaged by floods in 2002.
The mill was built around 1700. The mill was severely damaged by a flood in 2002. The current owner repaired it and kept it in good condition. Remains of the original mill equipment are preserved inside.
Mirotice - memorial of M.Alš and M. Kopecký
A monument and museum of Mikoláš Alš and Matěj Kopecký overlooks the river on the weir in Mirotice. The house stands on the site where the birth house of Mikoláš Alš stood before the fire in 1901. An exhibition dedicated to the puppeteer Matěj Kopecký was also transferred to the house.
Mirotice - Church of St. Giles with a bell tower
Originally a Romanesque church, it was rebuilt at the end of the 17th century. Today's appearance is the result of pseudo-Romanesque reconstruction in the years 1870–72. Next to the church there is a separate bell tower, which is one of the most valuable baroque bell towers in our country. There are four bells in it, the oldest dates from 1559. In the second half of the 13th century, around the church of St. Jiljí founded the royal free town of Mirotice.
Arch bridge in Mirotice
In Mirotice, a reinforced concrete arch bridge from 1933 spans the Lomnice River. The recently reconstructed bridge is on the list of cultural monuments.
Hunting lodge Karlov
The picturesque Baroque hunting lodge dates from the mid-18th century. It is a two-storey building with an oval floor plan and a central cylindrical part. The chateau is not accessible, the chateau and the large reconstructed buildings around it house the therapeutic community.
Originally a fortress, today a two-winged chateau, which was the seat of the Zvíkov mans in the 14th and 15th centuries. The nicely renovated chateau is now privately owned and can be accommodated here. An interesting feature is the tower with a nicely repaired clock and a functional clockwork, which is asymmetrically placed above the entrance gate.
Sluice gate of the Ostrovecký mill drive
An 870-meter-long drive leads to the Ostrov mill, which is a unique technical work, thanks to which a considerable slope of the mill wheel is achieved.
Road along the drive of the mill in Ostrovec
The long drive leads relatively high above the river Lomnice, which here begins to fall sharply into the former Vltava canyon.
Confluence of the rivers Lomnice and Skalice
The river Skalice flows from the left side. At the confluence is a place for romantic sitting. After another 3 kilometers, Lomnice flows into the dam Orlík and the river Otava.
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