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HRADIŠTĚ WALLS

HRADIŠTĚ WALLS

- Having learnt a lesson from the cruelties of the 30 Years’ War –
Demarcated by the deep valleys of the Dyje River and the Granice brook, Hradiště (alias Pöltenberg) was a strong fortified settlement as early as the 9th century when it represented one of the most important strongholds of the Great Moravian Realm. A ten-metre-high wall of stone and earth, of which now only turfy mounds have remained, and a deep and wide ditch ran around the whole twenty-hectare early-medieval settlement. In the first half of the 10th century Hradiště was taken by wild Magyar warriors and doomed to waste away. When the Knights of the Cross became lords of Hradiště in the 13th century, they refortified their new estate. Bitter experience from the Thirty Years’ War (Hradiště was occupied twice by the enemies) made the Hradiště provost Gerhard von Schlesin (mid-17th century) circumscribe the whole Hradiště hamlet by a new strong wall with embrasures, circular towers and one entrance gate (the so called Swedish Gate – to remember the cruel invaders from the Thirty Years’ War).

Having learnt a lesson from the cruelties of the 30 Years’ War 

Demarcated by the deep valleys of the Dyje River and the Granice brook, Hradiště (alias Pöltenberg) was a strong fortified settlement as early as the 9th century when it represented one of the most important strongholds of the Great Moravian Realm. A ten-metre-high wall of stone and earth, of which now only turfy mounds have remained, and a deep and wide ditch ran around the whole twenty-hectare early-medieval settlement. In the first half of the 10th century Hradiště was taken by wild Magyar warriors and doomed to waste away. When the Knights of the Cross became lords of Hradiště in the 13th century, they refortified their new estate. Bitter experience from the Thirty Years’ War (Hradiště was occupied twice by the enemies) made the Hradiště provost Gerhard von Schlesin (mid-17th century) circumscribe the whole Hradiště hamlet by a new strong wall with embrasures, circular towers and one entrance gate (the so called Swedish Gate – to remember the cruel invaders from the Thirty Years’ War). 


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