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A journey along the towns and cities of the Illyrian Empire.

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Daan300

Horice

Hi there and welcome (back) to one of the infrequent updates of my journal. Horice is a small town in the Illyrian mountains. I'll hope you'll enjoy the visit.

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Tisnov Area - Part 3

Finally back with a new entry. After a long time I finally managed to finish the last part of the Tisnov area. This update will feature the city of Tisnov, several villages and a few overviews of the entire area.

The city of Tisnov was founded in 1061 and to this day it is the seat of the diocese of Tisnov. The old city consists of two parts: the Old Town and the left bank of the river which runs through the city, and the so-called Bischop's Town where the city's cathedral is located. Inbetween, on a tiny island in the river, is the old city hall. Let's have a look.

The cathedral and the Bishop's palace.

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The old city hall.

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An overview of the Bishop's Town.

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The Old Town and its main parish church.

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Two overviews of the old city center and the surrounding areas.

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Adjacent to Tisnov is the ancient village of Hlohovec.

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On the other side of the ponds (see part 1 and 2) is the town of Klárov.

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An additional view of Lednice with the gardens of the local chateau(see part 2).

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And finally, two overviews of the Tisnov area. For orientation (first picture): on top the city of Tisnov, to the left Valtice (see part 1), bottom left Klárov and to the right Lednice (see part 2).

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Daan300

Kácov

This entry is not about the third part of the Tisnov area since I didn't finish it yet. Since I haven't updated my journal recently I thought of entertaining you with something I did manage to finish: the coastal town of Kácov.

The town of Kácov has a long and distinguished history as center for trade and culture on the Illyrian coast. An independent commune within the Illyrian Empire during the 15th to 18th centuries, it was an important naval base with strong encircling town walls and protected port.Cultural life thrived as prosperity grew, and Kácov is the site of one of the oldest surviving theatres in the empire, opened in 1612. The seven-century old town walls still survive, as do many of the noble houses and public buildings from 15th - 17th centuries and several churches. I hope you will enjoy the visit.

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The second entry about the Tisnov Area. Today, we will visit the village of Lednice and its immediate surroundings. The village was founded in 1344 and never gained any importance. The only reason for its existence is its main attraction: the Lednice Castle and the extensive castle gardens. The village itself is rather small and consists of no more than the main square with the oversized parish church and a few surrouding streets.

Traditionally, we'll make our first stop at the village square.

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The square, parish church and the castle.

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Next stop is the castle. Originally founded in 1344 the present day buildings date from the early 17th century.

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Surrounding the castle are the extensive castle gardens. Part of these gardens are formal gardens from the 17th and 18th century and the other parts date from the 19th century and consist mainly of wood land.

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The area between Valtice (part 1) and the village of Lednice. Connecting the two is the so called Castle Avenue lined with many old trees running across the Lednice ponds. The village of Lednice is to the top right and Valtice is situated at the bottom of the picture (but not visible here). To the right the 13th-17th century monastery of st. Anne. To the left is the village of Hlohovec (more about this village in entry 3).

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Two overviews of the village to conclude. Hope to see you back soon for part 3.

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Daan300

This is the first entry about the Tisnov area. This area consists of the city of Tisnov, the town of Valtice and the two villages, Lednice and Hlohovec. At the end of the 18th century, the local lordship of Valtice began to create this unique manmade landscape complex. During the 19th century, the area continued to be transformed into a large landscape park with three centres:

  • Valtice Castle (and town) – entry 1
  • Lednice Castle (and village) – entry 2
  • The city of Tisnov (and the village of Hlohovec) – entry 3

In 1715 Valtice and Lednice were connected by the so-called Castle Avenue. Between Lednice, Valtice and Hlohovec, the Lednice Ponds are situated. A substantial part of the complex is covered with pine woods and with riparian forests. Except for above mentioned, there are a lot of bigger or smaller pavilions and castles scattered throughout the whole complex, often serving as hunting lodges that we will encounter during our visit to the area.

As mentioned before, this first entry is about the town of Valtice. The town is dominated by it late 17th century castle.

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The town's main street with the early 20th century school building (red roof with green domes)

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The town square with the 17th church of Our Lady and the small town hall.

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The castle gardens and surrounding farm fields.

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One of the pavilions surrounding the town is the so-called Rajstna collonade.

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The Belvedere Castle to the north of the town.

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And two overviews of the town.

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Hopefully I can add the two other entries soon together with an overview of the entire area.

Daan300

Trebon

Today's entry is about Trebon. It is a historical town in the Central Slavonian region of the Illyrian Empire. The population stands at 8,857 (2010). Trebon was established around the middle of 12th century. The period of greatest growth was the 15th and 16th century and most buildings in the historic town center date from this period. The district became famous for its fish ponds. In 1853 the became a distric center (one of 94 in the Slavonian Kingdom), but the town's importance decreased so much during the 20th century it lost this status in 1960. Today it an important touristic center in a sparsely populated area with numerous lakes. Not surprisingly the major economic activities consist of agriculture and fishing.

First stop, the old town. The old town is still partially surrounded by walls and furthermore by the relatively large town park from the 19th century. To the left the castle, on top the main parish church from the 15th century and on the market square the oldest building in the town: the Market Church from the 13th and 14th century.

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The castle from the late 16th century.

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The 19th century suburb to the west of the town center with the railroad station.

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To the north of the town the monastery of st. Clara, founded in the late 12th century. Most buildings date from the 17th century.

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Two overviews of the town.

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And three overviews of the town and surrounding lakes.

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Kalvarie

Kalvarie is a town in southern Slavonian province of the Illyrian Empire, located some 30 km from Krumlov (previous entry). It has 4,429 inhabitants (as of 2007). The town is named after the religious complex (kalvarie) founded by abbot of the cistercian monastery in 1617 (the monastery is much older and dates from the 11th century). So, in Illyrian terms at least, this is a relatively modern town. The town was established in order to house the growing number of pilgrims visiting the religious complex. Originally the monastery, which is the main sight in the town, was surrounded by some 40 chapels and other sites of pilgrimage. Most of these were built in the 17th and 18th century. After a fire in 1856, however, many were not rebuilt and only a handfull of these chapels have survived. Other important monuments include the ruins of the "Old castle" and the large "New castle" on the opposite side of the river.

First stop, the Cistercian Monastery. The main church and cloisters date from the 12th century, the smaller church from the 14th century and the monastic buildings from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries.

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The monastery is surrounded by the town and several small formal gardens.

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The Old castle.

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And across the river the New castle with a vineyard beneath it.

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The river is spanned by two railway bridges and one road bridge, built in the 18th century.

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And one of the railway bridges.

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And some overviews of the river valley and the town and New castle.

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Hradec

And we're back again at the Illyrian coastline. Featured today is the town of Hradec. In many ways a typical coastal town of the Illyrian Empire. On the other hand, it has some features which are rather unique within the Empire. It is only one of a few Illyrian sites were traces of roman architecture can still be found. It contains the best preserved roman theatre in the Empire. Although the town was founded in the first century BC, the theatre and a few columns are the only remnants of the roman city that once occupied the site on which the (much smaller) medieval town was built in the 12th century AD. The third main sight in the town is the Monastery of Our Lady built in the late 17th century.

First stop the town centre.

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The marina on the site of the roman and medieval harbour.

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The roman theatre from the 2nd century AD. To the right remains of the roman main street and traces of a villa with mosaic floors.

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A few overviews of the town centre.

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The Monastery of Our Lady from the late 17th century, the largest monastery in the Empire.

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And two overviews of the entire town.

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Blansko

Welcome back to the Illyrian Empire. Today's entry is about Blansko, a large metropolis in the western extremity of the Kingdom of Lodomeria (one of the five constituent states of the Illyrian Empire). It is the capital city of Lodomeria and the third most populous city in the Empire. According to the Illyrian Statistical Institute, as of 2011 the city of Blansko had a population of 3,683,867 and its metropolitan municipality 4,966,948.

The city's history is rather unlike most of the Illyrian cities. Although it was founded somewhere in the 11th century, until 1820 the city was neither important (with a population of under 5,000) nor was it the capital of Lodomeria. It was in this year that construction began of an harbour which would grow to become one the most important harbours in the Empire. Within 35 years the city would greatly expand and its population would increase to over 300,000 by 1867 when it became the capital city of the Kingdom of Lodomeria. Because of this rapid expansion the historic city centre is the second largest in the Empire and constitutes over 20 times the area the original town. Now, let's do some sightseeing.

First stop is the original town which as you can see is rather small.

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The original town has an almost circular form. To the left is the old city park with Blansko's second city hall from 1825 (green roofed building).

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One of the first expansions was realised to the north of the old town and consists of King's Square which marks the start of the Imperial Boulevard, Blansko's largest and most impressive street. On the bottom the original Imperial Theatre (its function was later replaced by the Imperial Opera which was built further down the Boulevard).

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The cathedral on the Imperial Boulevard built between 1845 and 1861.

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The Imperial Opera, on the crossing of the Imperial Boulevard and Lodomeria Boulevard (latter not visible here).

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The old port buildings on the site of the original harbour, now replaced by an extensive marina.

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The marine and seaside boulevards.

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The Empire Square with the national monument of Emperor Ferdinand IV built in 1873.

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An overview of the latter area with Empire Square on top and the Imperial Boulevard at the bottom.

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The section of the city center south of the old town.

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The Imperial Boulevard with the Imperial Opera and the New City Hall from 1873-1878 (large building to the left).

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And a small intermezzo about Blansko's many city halls. In total there are four with increasing sizes reflecting the growth of the city. Top right the Old Town Hall from 1576, rebuilt in 1743 and in use untill 1825 (largest building with red roof). Top left the Old City Hall in use from 1825 until 1853. Bottom right the city hall whihc was in use from 1853 until 1878 (now the Museum of the City of Blansko) and bottom left the New City Hall in use from 1878 until the present day.

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Surrounding the Imperial Boulevard and the Old Town are several old neigbourhoods from the 1830s until the 1890s.

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University hospital. The old brown building form the original hospital from the 1880s and now serve as the psychiatric department. All other hospital buildings date from the 1950s until the 1970s.

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The Lodomerain parliament building.

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The new harbour.

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And the modern business districts.

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One of Blansko's main attractions is Blansko Central Park. It is actually the grounds of the national Illyrian fair and was founded in the 1880s on the site of the gardens of the imperial summer palace of Blansko from the 18th century. First up the palace itself.

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And some views of the national fair grounds.

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And finally some overviews of the city.

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Krumlov

And finally a new try at adding some new entries to this CJ. From now on I will try to feature not only the coastal towns of the Illyrian Empire, but also its other sites. Hence a small change to the CJ title. Anyway, I hope you will enjoy this new entry.

Krumlov is a small city in the South Slavonian Region of the Kingdom of Slavonia (one of the constituent states of the Illyrian Empire). It is best known for the fine architecture and art of the historic old town and its castle. Old Krumlov is one of the best preserved historic towns in the Empire and contains the nations second largest castle.

Construction of the town and castle began in the late 13th century at a ford in the Otava River, which was important in trade routes in Slavonia. In 1302 the town and castle were owned by feudal lords, but was bought by Emperor Rudolf in 1602 as an Imperial possession. Most of the architecture of the old town and castle dates from the 14th through 17th centuries; the town's structures are mostly in Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles. The core of the old town is within a horseshoe bend of the river, with the old "New Town" neighborhood and castle on the other side.

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The 16th century bridge connecting the Old and New Town on a quiet sunday morning.

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The castle. Most parts date from the early 16th century, but some parts still date back to the 14th century. On top the Castle Gardens.

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Part of the Old town and the New Town on top with the Monastery of Our Lady (top right). To the rightand on the bottom the newer parts of the town.

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The Old Town.

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And the Castle again.

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Outside of the historic center a few historical buildings can also be found, such as this early 18th century palace with farm.

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Some views of the historic town center with the main parish church of st. John (top right).

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And some overviews to conclude.

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Solina

Today's entry is about the rather peculiar municipality of Solina. It consists of two separated towns: Upper and Lower Solina. Both towns were constructed at the end of the XVth century to protect an important source of income for the Illyrian Empire: the salt pans of Solina. Salt in those times was so expensive it had to be properly protected. For this purpose two small defensive towns were built: the larger lower Solina along the coastal road and the smaller upper Solina above it, connected by a massive wall. During the XVth and XVIth centuries these two towns were extremely whealthy. Afterwards their importance began to decline and no new buildings were erected contributing to the remarkable preservation of the towns. It wasn't until the end of XIXth century that the towns began to grow again due to the construction of Solina train station. Today, the towns and the former bay in which the salt pans (which are no longer in use) are located are an attractive target for tourists.

Upper Solina and part of the connecting wall to Lower Solina. Also the old road winding down towards the salt pans.

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And Lower Solina with its small harbour which is no longer in use.

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The salt pans (also no longer in use). In the XVIth century a small fort was built to provide additional protection for the salt pans.

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Above the former bay with the salt pans a railway viaduct was constructed in the early XXth century, one of the most impressive ones in the Empire.

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And both towns with the wall inbetween them.

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Finally, several overviews from different angles.

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I hope you have enjoyed this entry, hopefully a new entry soon.

Daan300

Rab

Recently, I noticed that it has been quite some time since I last posted an entry to my CJ. So, here are a few pics of a typical Illyrian coastal town: Rab. I hope to add more entries soon.

First stop is the central square dominated by the town hall from the XVIIth century.

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Rab is a populair tourist destination in the Empire. Tourist started to come here at the end of the XIXth. In the period many splendid hotels were built in Rab, as well as the (rather small) railway station.

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The town centre was first founded on a rocky peninsula in 1165 and still contains many old houses and churches.

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On the site of the former harbour a marina was constructed in the 1970s.

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Two mosaics of the town.

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And finally the town overview. On top the railway viaduct, constructed in 1878.

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Daan300

Bechyne

Today's update is about the town of Bechyne; again one of those typical Illyrian coastal towns. It is situated on a headland where two rivers flow into the sea. The town was established somewhere in the Xth century and gained city rights in 1268. Not much from this time remains in the town, except for the monastery church and parts of the castle. Although the town itself is small, it has the largest medieval town square in the Illyrian Empire. Now, let's have a look at the town.

First stop is the castle complex. Originally built in the XIIIth century (red-roofed parts), the main building now dates from the XVIIth century, along with many of the auxiliary buildings and the small gardens.

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Below a part of the town square, which is the largest medieval square in the Empire. On the bottom is the so-called "Old castle", which is rather deceiving since it was only built in the XVIth century, 300 years after above mentioned castle.

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The main square from different angles. Near the centre of it is the town's main church, the Church of Our Lady, from the XIVth century. Next to the square is the monastery of saint Benedict, dating from the XIVth - XVIIth centuries.

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Outside the old town walls is the monastery of Our Lady, largely from the XVth century.

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An overview of the castle complex and part of the old town. To the right one of the two old bridges connecting the headland with the surrounding areas. This one is from the XVIth century.

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And the other bridge, this one was built in the XIXth century. To the left the pilgrimage church of saint Anne, from the XIIIth century. The old monastery surrounding it burnt down in the XVIIth century and was not rebuilt.

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And the new bridge heading west.

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The town is also famous for its spa, established in the XVIIth century. The current buildings in the new town are from the XIXth century.

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And finally, two overviews of the entire town.

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Daan300

Borotin

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Finally, after some time a new entry. This entry is about one of those classical Illyrian coastal towns: Borotin. It has a historical part located on an island and can only be reached through a single bridge. The historic island is for pedestrians only and the island ring road is only accessible for residents. On the main land are the neighbourhoods of the XIX and XXth centuries. I'll save you the history of the town so you can enjoy the pictures.

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And finally, the traditional overview of the town.

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This entry is about the capital of the Illyrian Empire: Petrohrad. Some of you might remember an entire CJ called that way...:boggle:. This will be just one entry about this city in the current CJ: but this time a complete remake of the city centre. And no history, just some pics with a little text. Enjoy!

Traditionally, we'll start our tour at the Main Square with the Cathedral, City hall and the Archbishop's Palace. Top right is Petrohrad's smallest church.

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To the west of the Main Square are many small streets lined with many old houses. On top the oldest surviving church in Petrohrad, dedicated to Our Lady of Petrohrad, from the XIth century.

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The north-western part of the city centre. On top part of the Imperial Boulevard, which encircles the city centre and which was built during the XIXth century on the site of the former city walls.

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Western part of the city centre and, located along the Imperial Boulevard, the Imperial and Archducal palaces (green roofed buildings), Imperial Theatre, Parliament Building (with its golden dome) and several museums.

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South-eastern part of the city centre with the New Cathedral and the Admiralty Building (large blue and white building) along the Imperial Boulevard. Top right Petrohrad's main Post office.

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The Imperial Gardens, located behind the Imperial Palace. Unfortunately, at the start of the XXth century a road was constructed running right through the gardens. On top Petrohrad's main railway station.

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Northern part of the city centre. On top several buildings which are part of the Petrohrad University. The large domed building is the main building. Also visible are the last remaining parts of the medieval city walls from the XIIIth century.

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The western part of the Imperial Boulevard again.

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The city centre's oldest parts.

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Finally, two overviews. Btw, the large yellow building is the Imperial Museum. Hope to see you back next time!

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This will be a large entry about a project I've been working on for a long time. I never came round to finishing it to such a level I could share it with you, until now.

Znojmo is the largest city in the Lodomerian kingdom (one of the constituent states of the Illyrian Empire), which is at the same time its capital city. The city has at present nearly 1,000,000 million inhabitants and it situated along a part of the Illyrian coastline (which will become clear from one of the upcoming entries about this city).

The city’s history is a little strange: it did not start out as one city, but rather as two. The old city center situated on a hill is composed of two parts, once two independent cities. The eastern hill is the former royal town of Hradec, founded in 1145 and on the western hill is the former royal town of Kaptol, the seat of the Archbishop of Lodomeria. In 1738 these two towns were merged into one and made the capital city of the Lodomerian kingdom: Znojmo. In the second half of the XIXth century the city grew rapidly after the arrival of the iron horse and to the south of the old city extensive suburbs were created, which still exist today. Especially, this part of cities contains numerous parks and splendid public buildings, such as the royal palace and parliament building of Lodomeria.

Let's leave the history for what it is and have a look at the city. We'll start on the Kaptol hill, to the left the Kaptol central square (rebuilt in the XIXth century) and to the right Cathedral square.

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An overview of Kaptol: in the center the Cathedral of Our Lady (from the XIIIth and XIVth century), still surrounded by part of the city walls. To the left the XIXth century city layout with the Main Square of Znojmo.

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The Hradec hill (on top). At the bottom of the hill the Royal Palace with formal gardens. To the right a part of Kaptol hill is still visible.

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Znojmo-West train station, located (indeed) west of the old city.

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The royal palace again.

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From Hradec hill, over Kaptol hill to the XIXth century suburbs where you can see some of the many administrative buildings of the city, such as the ministry for Lodomeria and the Znojmo New Cathedral.

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Another view of the old city.

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Some of the many parks in Znojmo and the Lodomerian parlaiment building.

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Last one for now. Stay tuned for more (and more modern) pics from this city.

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Update 16/03/2011:

A new entry will be added to the journal soon about a completely different city. As I originally planned to present you with one more entry about Kadan, but havent 'made any progress on the city, I'll show you two overview pics of what I managed to finish. Hope you enjoy them en stay tuned for a (major) entry.

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Rataje

Originally, I was planning to show you the final part of the harbour featured in the past two entries. Because I finally came round to finishing something I started a long time ago, however, I decided to show you this.

I will keep the history short, so you can enjoy the pictures. This entry is about Rataje, one of the many small towns along the Illyrian coast. It was founded in the XIth century and granted city rights in 1225. For the first few centuries of its existence the town developed rapidly and was among the most prominent cities in the Empire until the XVIIth century. After that, decline set in and it wasn't for the arrival of the railway in 1891 that this decline was halted. Even so, the town isn't much larger today than it was in the XVIIth century. Due to its economic isolation, far away from any harbour or major city, the town center has been beautifully preserved, adding to the charm of the town's setting.

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Thanks for visiting and stay tuned for more (don't expect anything too soon though 2.gif)!

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Kostelec - Modern port

Today part two about Kostelec: the first part of the modern port and some of the more recent city districts.

The modern port is located across the river that runs through Kostelec, the sea is to the left on this picture. Besides the port some of Kostelec' "modern" districts are located here, housing estates from the 1970s and 1980s. Most of the dockers and their families live here. Also visible is the southern entrance to the Harbor Tunnel, connecting old Kostelec (top right, not visible here) to the port. 

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From modern port to old harbor.....

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The Harbor Tunnel. Old Kostelec is located to the bottom right.

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And an overview of this entry.

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Goodnight and see you next time! Thank you for visiting!

Daan300

This entry is the first of several entries on my latest project: the city of Kostelec and its harbour.

Before we get to the pics, first a brief description of the city and what to expect in the next entries:

The city of Kostelec is one of the largest cities in the Illyrian Empire (164,002 inhabitants (2003), not including the metropolitan area surrounding it) and is the center of the Kostelec County. The city itself was founded in the fifth century, though nothing from this era remains. The oldest part of Kostelec is the small town of Kopec, once independent, but annexed to Kostelec in 1765. Kostelec had long been an independent maritime city, not belonging to any state, before it became part of the Illyrian Empire in 1466. In 1870 Kostelec regained some of its former independence when it gained constitutional indepence and was governed directly by its own governor. In the XIXth century the city was extensively rebuilt after a great fire and so almost everything in the city center dates from this period.

In 1919, after WW1, the city declared its indepence from the Empire and became a short-lived republic. Soon after, however, in 1920, the Empire recaptured the city and it was reincorporated into the Empire. Since then it once agian became very prosperous and its harbour would grow into the largest in the Empire. Because of its harbour the city has many excellent connections to other part of the country, both by rail as well as by road.

In this entry and the ones to come will visit the city center (Old Town), the old harbour, modern Kostelec and the modern harbours. We will also pay a little visit to the town of Kopec (last 3 in the next entries). 

So, let's get to the pictures. Enjoy!

The Old Town and from top to bottom: the main square and church of st. Catharine from the XVIIth century, the Old Town theatre, and at the bottom the monastery and church of st. Vitus (patron saint of Kostelec) from the XIIIth century. Inbetween the buildings runs the so-called "Korzo", the main street of the Old Town.

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Part of the Old Town (main square to the left) and the XIXth century extensions to the right. The main sights here are the XIXth century cathedral of Kostelec and to the top right the Admiralty building, also from the XIXth century. To the bottom left part of the so-called "Old harbour", still in use today.

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Different view of the same area.

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Inbetween the Old Town and the harbour runs the main east-west railway, connecting Kostelec to Illyria's capital, Petrohrad.

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And another view of the Old harbour. At the bottom a small part of the modern harbour is visible (more in the next entry).

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To conclude this first entry, here are two preview pictures of what is to come. See you next time!

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Broumov Archipelago

Since it will probably take some time before I will post a large entry (it has been quite busy lately and the upcoming entry will be quite large), so I thought of entertaining you with a small entry: a small archipelago I made some time ago.

The Broumov archipelago consists of one "large" island (Broumov island) surrounded by five tiny islands. All this islands are uninhabited, except for a few weeks during the year. During these few weeks the Illyrian Emperor and his family stay on the island. When the imperial familiy is not staying the islands are open to the public. Tourist are only allowed to stay during the day, since there are no hotels on the islands (because the archipelago was proclaimed a national park in 1963). Tourist are mainly interested in the Imperial summer residence and the untouched nature. There is however one other building to be seen on the main island: a ruined roman villa from the 2nd century AD, one the oldest surviving buildings in the Illyrian Empire.

Our visit starts when the tourists leave, at sundown....enjoy.

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Welcome back! Today a visit to a place which is rather straight forward: Stare Mesto Airport. This international airport not only serves the city of Stare Mesto (3rd entry in this CJ), but also the surrounding area. It has just one passenger terminal, serving about 5,000,000 passengers annually. The terminal building is fairly new, built in the early 1990s. Other parts of the airport, such as the cargo areas, were built in the 1960s and 1970s. That's about all there is to tell about the airport, so enjoy!

We'll start off at the parking areas. To the left the airport train station and terminal entrance.

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Different view of the same area.

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The terminal building.

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And a final overview. See you next time!

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Oldrichov Lagoon

This entry will be about the village of Oldrichov and the lagoon which is situated beneath the village.

Let's have a look at the village first and start off with some history. The village was founded in the XIIIth century around a monastery. This monastery still exists today, but only parts of the original structure are visible (the cloisters and parts of the church), since it was largely rebuilt in the XVIth and XVIIIth centuries. The monastery forms the main architectural sight of the village, together with a few old houses. The main sight in Oldrichov, however, is the lagoon with its fine sandy beaches (a rarity within the Empire). In recent years several apartment complexes have been built along the coast, which are very popular with the wealthy Illyrians.

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Let's now descend towards the lagoon. Enjoy the lagoon and beach without further comments!

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And the final overview. See you next time!

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Pacov

Welcome back again. In this entry we continue our tour of the Illyrian coastline with a visit to Pacov. Before we have a look at the actual town and its surroundings a brief history (brief, because there isn't much to say about the town).

The first reference to Pacov is in 1343, but it was abandoned soon after in the 1390s. People would not resettle here until the end of the XVIIIth century when a few houses where built, together with a church. It wasn't until the XXth century that Pacov would gain some importance when just south of the town a harbour and adjacent industrial park was constructed. The harbour would be constructed on the site of what used to be a bay, silted up over the centuries, because it is here that one of Illyria's larger rivers, the Morava, flows into the sea.

The town of Pacov: to the right the church and some old houses surrounding it. To the left some modern housing estates, built mainly for those who work in the harbour.

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Below part of the harbour with the train station, mainly used for freight trains, although passenger trains also depart from this station. Also visible is the winding old coastal road. Most people nowadays use the highway (top left) which has a tunnel running under the town.

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The harbour and industrial park.

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Some pictures without comments.

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Some night shots to conclude. Hope to see back again!

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Back again in the bay of Krakovec. Today the second (and final) visit to this bay. But first page 3 of the tourist guide (from last entry 2.gif).

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Now, you can explore the second part of the bay on your own. You're just in time to see the sunrise over Maly Krakovec.

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An overview of the entire bay: on the bottom left is Krakovec, on top Maly Krakovec, to the top right the castle and to the bottom right the monastery.

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Well, goodnight again.

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Daan300

Welcome back to the Illyrian Coast again! Today a visit to the bay of Krakovec (at least the first part of it 2.gif). Let's start with some basic information:

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Now, let's have a look at the actual bay! Mmmhh, very cloudy today. Oh wait, the clouds are disappearing.

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Ah, that's better. You can take a tour of the town of Krakovec and the first part of the bay without any further comments. Enjoy!

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Good night and until next time!

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