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Modra’s golden forests

THE PRIMARY source of revenue for the town of Modra in the Small Carpathians has been winemaking and forestry. Therefore, choosing the right person to hold the position of forest manager has always been of utmost importance. The town made an excellent choice in 1868 by engaging Alexander Filípek, then only 22 years old. This extraordinarily capable forester remained in his office until 1923 – for 55 years.

THE PRIMARY source of revenue for the town of Modra in the Small Carpathians has been winemaking and forestry. Therefore, choosing the right person to hold the position of forest manager has always been of utmost importance. The town made an excellent choice in 1868 by engaging Alexander Filípek, then only 22 years old. This extraordinarily capable forester remained in his office until 1923 – for 55 years.

Immediately after taking office, Filípek took a step that foreshadowed many of his later achievements: he rejected comfortable housing within the town and lived in the on-site office located in middle of the forest.

Filípek focused on foresting the Modra area with conifers. His success in managing the forests around Modra led to these forests being assessed as the best in the entire Bratislava region.

Filípek also sought to build a forest environment that would attract people and he was one of the initiators of construction of the Harmónia summer resort, with its villas, restaurants and dancehalls. One of the builders of villas on Uhorský vrch (Great Hungarian Hill) constructed an observation tower that was then named after Alexander Filípek.

This rare postcard showing the observation tower dates back to 1912.


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