During our stay in Beskydy it was raining one morning, so we decided to visit the Wallachian Museum in Nature in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm. Originally, I did not plan to go there, but I didn´t come up with any other program in the rain. And finally it was a pleasant morning, because Ella likes to stroll around the historical interiors and I discovered a treasure at the end!
Ella likes to have a system in everything. In practice this means that when you give her a map with numbered expositions, you have to go nicely from number 1 to number 21, you can not skip and miss anything. So we visited everything in the Wooden village. This year I found out that the village comes to live about eleven o'clock in the morning when all taverns and shops open. We were there shortly after opening and it was still asleep.
Something Ella enjoyed less, something a little more. One of the buildings that attracted her was the church of St. Anna of Větřkovice, especially the interior and the surrounding of Wallachian Slavín, where the symbolic graves of personalities significant of their relationship to the culture of Moravian Wallachia are.
Church of Sait Anna
We stayed longer at the local post office. The older lady behind desk has shown Ella an old phone and told us that today's school children do not even know that it's a phone and how it worked on. And they usually ask how people used to carry it when it's so heavy? We admired the postman's uniform, but the lady immediately explained that it was totally impractical because it was heavy and uncomfortable. In the end, she gave us some tips not to miss the museum and we continued.
Building with a market and post office
Interiors! Rožnov is simply the best in it. Ella visited one room after another and would move in when possible.
Interiors in the Wooden Village
The last thing Ella was interested in, was an interactive exposition in the Granary building How it was built in past. Really very nice and interesting. You will learn a lot of information about building, how and from which material it used to build shingles or bricks, you can test your knowledge of wood, try woodworking, or large magnetic puzzle on the wall. I could not get Ella out of here.
Exhibition about building long time ago
Because we had some time before Michal picked us, we decided to visit the Wallachian Village, where I had never been before. The Wallachian Village is the most extensive area of the museum. Farmhouses, farm buildings, mill and forge credibly represent villages from the Beskydy Mountains. The fields, gardens and fruit trees perfectly complement the houses and show how it was farmed before. We met a number of domestic animals, the donkey having the greatest success.
The windmill there is the oldest and most widespread type. It is still working and we liked it a lot. Inside, the miller told us a lot of interesting information about how it works and how the grain is processed. However, we were most interested in the fact that the whole mill is rotating along the wind.
Windmill from Kladníky
But for me the most beautiful building is not in the museum but behind its fence. It is Jurkovič's lookout tower. It was built on the hill of Karlův kopec in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm, according to the plans of the architect Dušan Jurkovič, who designed it already in 1896. The height of the tower is 32 meters and all the forging and plumbing work and most of the carpentry work including details were done manually using old work procedures.
When I was a kid, we visited the Wallachian Museum every time we were in Rožnov. I did not enjoy it. But Ella is different. She's still sucking information about everything like a sponge, and she liked it a lot. The museum's visit to me was therefore different, and I enjoyed the role of the guide to the past a lot.
Wallachian Museum in Nature location