Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

AROUND SLOVAKIA

Uhrovec Castle to get new access bridge

AT UHROVEC Castle, which towers over the village of Uhro- vské Podhradie in Bánovce nad Bebravou district, the wooden access bridge is being rebuilt using traditional methods and as an exact copy of the original bridge that no longer exists.

Uhrovec Castle, awaiting a newbridge.(Source: Peter Horanský)

AT UHROVEC Castle, which towers over the village of Uhro- vské Podhradie in Bánovce nad Bebravou district, the wooden access bridge is being rebuilt using traditional methods and as an exact copy of the original bridge that no longer exists.

For that reason, a two-week international workshop was held there to improve craftsmen’s traditional skills as well as to start building the bridge. The workshop ended at the beginning May and after a month’s break, the craftsmen and experts will return to continue the reconstruction.

As many as 17 carpenters took part from Norway, Germany, Poland, Latvia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. They processed oak trunks manually with just axes, the only exception being the initial logging of the trees with saws, said Erika Horanská of Academia Istropolitana Nova which, along with the Foundation for the Salvation of Cultural Heritage, organised the working meeting. Financial resources of €12,000 are coming from the European Culture 2000 programme and the Slovak Culture Ministry.

All main supporting structures have been put in place, which was quite demanding as no metal tools could be used. Only where the bridge connects to the original gate may metal be used – as it was in the Middle Ages, said Peter Horanský of the foundation. The bridge was designed by architect Jaroslav Kilián according to drawings from the 18th century. The bridge will be about 12 metres long.

The event demonstrated that saving wooden historical objects in Europe will demand a large number of experts mastering these ancient skills and that in Slovakia it is amateurs and history buffs who are most interested in doing this. Horanská told TASR that this workshop was just the first stage, representing only about one quarter of the total construction.

Top stories

How did Communism happen in Czechoslovakia?

For the 40 years, Czechs and Slovaks would celebrate February 25 as Victorious February, even though the enthusiasm of most of those who supported Communists in 1948 would very quickly evaporate.

Prime Minister Klement Gottwald (right) swears an oath into the hands of President Edvard Benes on February 27, 1948 at the Prague Castle.

Cemetery with a remarkable creative concept Photo

The shapes of tombstones were prescribed until 1997

Vrakuňa Cemetery in Bratislava

Being young is harder than it used to be

The failure of older generations to sympathise with youth means politics are primarily a contest of who can hand out more gifts to old people.

Young Slovaks have problems finding proper jobs.

Historian: After 1948, Czechoslovakia was paralysed with fear

On February 25, Czechs and Slovaks mark 70 years since the rise of Communism in their common state. Historian Jan Pešek talks about the coup and its aftermath.

Demonstration in Prague, Wenceslas' Square, on February 28, 1948.