It was a weekend, me and Michal stayed home without Ella, it was a sunny day, so we decided to go for a bike! Even so, that the outside temperature was much below zero. This time we went to the Czech Karst, western part of Central Bohemia. To the wild landscape with oak and beech groves, rocks, caves, karst gorges and canyons. Specifically, we have decided to explore Karlštejn surroundings.
Uphill ride from Mořina village
Czech Karst landscape
Forest trail from Malá Amerika do Svatý Jan
From the crossroad Propadlé vody there was a quite hard downhill ride in the forrest. Michal enjoyed it, but I rather walked down. After leaving the forest, the walls of the Benedictine Monastery in Svatý Jan pod Skalou welcomed us. The village is considered a pearl of the Czech Karst. A small settlement lies on the bank of the river Loděnice and is hidden in the middle of deciduous trees forests under white rocks. It is the oldest pilgrimage site in the country.
According to the legend, a Christian hermit Ivan and his hind lived in a cave here. God sent him the hind to give him milk. But Prince Bořivoj hurt her during hunting and her bloody footprint brought him to the hermit. As an apology he offered him housing at Tetín Castle, but hermit refused. Bořivoj fulfilled him at least his last wish. He built a church to commemorate the saint John the Baptist who revealed several times in the cave and protected him from the devil. From here comes the name of the pilgrim place where many tourists are heading every year also due to the breathtaking view of the high rocks above the village.
Propadlé vody crossroad
Svatý Jan pod Skalou Chapel
Svatý Jan pod Skalou Lookout
Road to Srbsko