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VRBKA’S STONE

VRBKA’S STONE

- Meditating amidst the moors -
Anton Vrbka (1860-1939), a German-speaking Moravian patriot, expert in Znojmo history and countryside, became well-known for his historiographic works and activities as director of the City Museum. Kraví hora (Cow Mountain), just opposite the medieval city, with its semi-wild moors enchanted Anton Vrbka to such an extent that in one of his books he made a wish that his spirit might stay in those romantic parts even after his death. So when he retired in 1925, his friends decided to honour his life´s work by placing a commemorative plaque on the top of Cow Mountain, embedded in bare rock. In the 1950’s the whole moorland became an exercising ground for the Czechoslovak army. At that period when everything that was German was considered bad, Vrbka´s Stone became an ideal target for machine gun practice. The memory of one of the greatest Znojmo scholars was shot to pieces, quite blatantly. For the next fifty years the memory had lain forgotten, until 2005 when “Okraslovaci spolek” (The Beautifying Club) in Znojmo set out to revive it and to unveil the present Vrbka´s Stone. The word has been handed down that Vrbka used to come here and sit in these places, gazing at the summer starlit skies, surrounded by the majestic landscape, meditating and contemplating.

- Meditating amidst the moors -

Anton Vrbka (1860-1939), a German-speaking Moravian patriot, expert in Znojmo history and countryside, became well-known for his historiographic works and activities as director of the City Museum. Kraví hora (Cow Mountain), just opposite the medieval city, with its semi-wild moors enchanted Anton Vrbka to such an extent that in one of his books he made a wish that his spirit might stay in those romantic parts even after his death. So when he retired in 1925, his friends decided to honour his life´s work by placing a commemorative plaque on the top of Cow Mountain, embedded in bare rock. In the 1950’s the whole moorland became an exercising ground for the Czechoslovak army. At that period when everything that was German was considered bad, Vrbka´s Stone became an ideal target for machine gun practice. The memory of one of the greatest Znojmo scholars was shot to pieces, quite blatantly. For the next fifty years the memory had lain forgotten, until 2005 when “Okraslovaci spolek” (The Beautifying Club) in Znojmo set out to revive it and to unveil the present Vrbka´s Stone. The word has been handed down that Vrbka used to come here and sit in these places, gazing at the summer starlit skies, surrounded by the majestic landscape, meditating and contemplating.


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