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Project information

The aim of the project „Even the small is nice“ is to promote the less known monuments in the regions of Dvůr Králové, Trutnov and Świdnice which make a significant contribution to the knowledge of the Czech and Polish border areas. The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the state budget through the Glacensis Euroregion.

Printed and internet guides usually attract their readers with beautiful, partially still virgin nature, with mountain massifs, deep valleys, gorges, wide flood plains, extensive meadows and plains, deep forests, wild or lazy flowing rivers and creeks. They invite us to visit ancient centers of major cities, gorgeous and architecturally precious castles, chateaus, citadels, technical monuments and other artifacts made by people from previous centuries. All that is accessible by convenient highways, busy roads, railroads or maintained bike trails. The infrastructure of historic monuments include modern or old-time hotels and other accommodation facilities that offer, among others, fitness for strength recovery, and spacious car parks.

Small, mostly religiously motivated sights remain a little bit aside from our attention in our region. They are situated not only by the main roads, but mostly away from busy places of the historical and frequently visited center of Trutnov and its surroundings, close to field and forest trails or paths. Often there are no roads or paths at all because they overgrew with grass and bushes or in the past, mostly in 1950’s to 1980’s, they were ploughed away within the frame of consolidation and more efficient cultivation of land. Our micro-project called “Even the small is nice” is focused on that type of relics, mostly built of stone, rarely of metal or wood.

Small sacral sights from Zlatá Olešnice, Bernartice, Královec, Lubawka, Chełmsko Śląskie, Jawiszów, Krzeszów and Kamienna Góra were chosen to our collection so that tourists may be able to get to know small works of arts of our ancestors on the journey leading through the territories of our three project partners. It is up to you whether you choose for your starting point the Polish Świdnica and continue to Lubawka, cross the border which increasingly loses its importance, to Trutnov and Dvůr Králové nad Labem and their surroundings, or if you go in the opposite direction.

At the same time the publication is in particular a piece of evidence of craftsmanship of stonecutters and cutters who lived here in previous centuries as well as of the relationship of donators of small sculptures, often ordinary people, and their decedents to their native soil. Those monuments reminded them of their joyful and sorrowful family events and exhorted them and all passers-by to humility, moral life and love for God.

The sights mentioned on the following pages, in various state of their preservation, outlived isolated the stormy period of 1950s and 1960s; a period which was within the frame of the governmental ideology at that time, strongly hostile to any reminders of original German inhabitants, private farmers, or manifestation of religious culture. They form about 65 to 70% of the original number of formerly existing and in archive maps mentioned small sights. The majority of them were in a damaged state in the breakthrough 1990s. In the course of time they have been restored to their original or similar state either by private owners or, to greater extent, by the Trutnov Municipality which perceives those sights as an inherent part of the cultural landscape and as an evidence of craftsmanship and artistic consciousness of our ancestors. 

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