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The Holuby lodge on Javorina

SEVERAL hills and mountain ranges in Slovakia can be included in the “legend” category. Kriváň, Kráľova hoľa, Sitno – together with Javorina – are the mountain peaks that Slovaks associate with the most glorious times of their history.

SEVERAL hills and mountain ranges in Slovakia can be included in the “legend” category. Kriváň, Kráľova hoľa, Sitno – together with Javorina – are the mountain peaks that Slovaks associate with the most glorious times of their history.

Some peaks have lodges built on their slopes and several of these have quite a rich history. When compared with neighbouring Austria, mountain lodges appeared fairly recently in Slovakia. This can probably be attributed to the prevailingly agrarian nature of the country in which many people lived and worked in the forests and on the slopes, and had little desire to visit them in their free time. Another reason is that there were not enough wealthy people here to finance their construction.

The Holuby lodge on Javorina – on the Czech-Slovak border – was built in 1923. The lodge was completed in one year but within two years it had burned down. A new lodge was built in its place in 1930. Because of its location the lodge was crucial in several events during World War II. This postcard shows the original 1923 lodge before it burned down.


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