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About this City Journal

A CJ about the Illyrian Empire and its capital city. A mixture of Imperial grandeur and rural quietness.

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Daan300

As I mentioned before the next few updates will be about another splendid city within the Empire: Kadan. But before we'll have a look at the actual city just a few facts.

Kadan is the capital city of the Slavonian Kingdom, one of the constituent states of the Illyrian Empire (see CJ intro). It came into being in 1523 when three neighbouring cities and two towns joined to form what was then the largest city in the Illyrian Empire. The three cities and the towns continued to be distinct districts within the new city and still make up the city centre of Kadan today. Here's an overview:

- Old Town: founded in the Xth century, granted city rights in 1232. Until 1523 the most important of the three cities of Kadan. Nowadays it is the second largest district within the old part of Kadan.

- New Town: founded and granted city rights in 1348. The largest of the city centre's districts.

- Lesser Town: founded in the XIIth century beneath the royal residence (castle) of Kadan. City rights in 1257.

- Castle district (originally: Castle Town): founded in the XIIIth century to the west of the castle. The present districts also contains the Royal Castle, the official residence of the Slavonian Kings until the unification of the Empire.

- High Castle district: founded as a royal castle and a small town surrounding it in the IXth century; later property of the Cathedral Chapter of the Old Town of Kadan.

Today, Kadan has around 1,300,000 inhabitants and remains the most important city within the Slavonian Kingdom.

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In this first entry on Kadan, we'll have a closer look at the Lesser Town. The Lesser Town is the best preserved part of the city centre, since large parts of the other districts were demolished in the XIXth and XXth century (progress...34.gif). It is situated beneath the Royal Castle (we'll have a look at it in one of the next entries 2.gif).

First up is the main square of the Lesser Town. Some important buildings are located here: the Church of st. Nicolas, the Harant Palace (once owned by a rich noble family; now the Senate building of Slavonia) on top and the former City Hall of the Lesser Town to the right, rebuilt in the XVIIth century. At the bottom of the pic are the churches of st. Thomas (right) and of st. Joseph (left; part of a monastery).

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Next stop is the Kinsky Palace (other well known noble family in Slavonia); built in the XVIIth century. The building is now in use as the Parliament of Slavonia. On top a part of the castle terraces is still visible. At the bottom part of the gardens of st. Josephs monastery are visible.

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Just to the southeast of Kinsky Palace is the so-called Old Bridge, connecting the Lesser Town with the Old Town. The present bridge dates from the late XVIIth century, but was preceded by two older bridges (from the XIIth and XIVth century, respectively). The bridge runs across one of a few small islands that are located in the river that flows through Kadan.

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Moving towards the west we come across the western part of the Lesser Town. This part borders a fairly large forest, which is still enclosed by extensive city walls. As this part of the Lesser Town served no function it remained open until the present day. Located here is the church of st. Charles Boromaeus, last survivor of an extensive monastery which was destroyed in 1618. The houses on top of the pic belong to the Castle District.

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Somewhat to the east of the former pic we find several palaces (bottom) and the church of st. Norbert. Behind this small church are the so-called New Castle stairs leading up to the Castle District and the Royal Castle (the Old Castle stairs are located to the east of the Lesser Town).

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The southern part of the Lesser Town is occupied by the very large monastery of st. Theresa. The small church at the bottom is dedicated to st. John the Baptist.

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Inbetween the Lesser Town square and the monastery of st. Theresa are many old houses and some palaces. In the centre the church of the Virgin Mary under the Chain. To the left the church of Our Lady Victorious. On top the Kinsky Palace which we've already visited.

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Just a different view of the same area as the previous pic.......

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Finally,two overviews. Visible here the entire Lesser Town: on top the forest, bottom right the Kinsky Palace, bottom the island and to the left the Monastery of st. Theresa. Also visible here a cablelift leading up the hill (top left).

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Last pic.... Hope you've enjoyed the tour again and thanks for visiting!!!  Remember: several entries on Kadan will follow.

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Preview

Since it will probably take a while before any new updates will be made to my CJ, I decided to give you a small preview of the upcoming entries, since I've been working on a new and very large city. The next 5 or 6 entries will be about the capital city of the Kingdom of Slavonia: Kadan (remember: the Illyrian Empire has five constituent states 9.gif). But there is still a massive amount of work to be down and I also need to make adequate changes to the CJ itself (title, intro, etc), but these latter are minor issues.

Anyway, hope you enjoy the pics and perhaps you'll be able to guess what reallife city I used for inspiration.......3.gif(I'll give you one hint: it contains the largest historic castle in the world).    

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Krumlov

A new visit....... This time the southern most town in the province of Petrohrad: Krumlov. The town was founded somewhere in the XIXth century on the site of a large meander in the river Váh, but only became prosperous towards the end of the XVth century. In that century the original town, since then called "Old Town", was expanded by the "New Town". In both parts of the town a large concentration of historic buildings has survived, mainly from the XVIth century. Surrounding these two parts are a few suburbs and some vineyards and forests. The town is connected to Petrohrad both by train as well as by a motorway.

Traditionally, we'll start the tour in the historic part of town. First up is the Old Town. The most prominent building here is the Cathedral of Our Lady, built in 1226-1248. To the left the main square with the XVth century Town Hall.

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The western part of the Old Town. Part of the main square is visible to the right.

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The eastern part of the Old Town with the court house (large building near the bridge), built in 1892. On top and on the bottom the river Váh.

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A different view of the main square, the town hall is clearly visible here.

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To the north of the Old Town is the New Town. Again, many historic buildings here. To the right part of the castle complex of Krumlov (see below 1.gif). 

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A view of the Benedictine Monastery in the New Town.

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The bridge between the Old and New Town. Also visible is a part of the Krumlov castle (top) and the Franciscan Monastery (bottom right), founded in 1372.

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An overview of the old part of town: to the right the Old Town, to the left the New Town. On top a part of modern Krumlov with the railway station to the top right. On the bottom some vineyards. (Sorry for the quality of this pic, it is a bit blurred. I've tried but can't get it better 30.gif).

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Despite the many, many historic buildings, the main sight in Krumlov is the castle. Originally built in the XIIth century, only the eastern part (here to the left) remains from this period. It was almost completely rebuilt into a chateau in 1588-1601.

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Two other views of the castle and the town.

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Some views of the suburbs and area surrounding the Old and New Town.

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Also visible here is the pilgrimage church of st. Benedict, built in 1701-1702 (bottom). On top the Observation tower, built in 1802. It offers splendid views over Krumlov.

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The railway bridge over the river Váh. Personally, I'd like an apartment in one of the tall buildings to the right; they must offer an absolutely splendid view over Krumlov 3.gif.

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The little village of Svéraz, located above Krumlov castle. The village is part of the town of Krumlov. 

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Finally, some overviews of the entire town. To the right on the first pic the village of Svéraz. Hope you enjoyed this tour as well 2.gif!

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Daan300

Trixies 2009

I would sincerely like to thank everyone for visiting my CJ and especially everyone who has nominated my for the "Most Aesthetically Pleasing City" trixie! I am really honored to recieve this trixie, considering all those great CJs who I think deserve it as much. Also, a big thank you to all the people who make all the amazing BATs; as you can see I can't do without them! So, thank you very much again everyone! 

I have also included a small preview for my next entry. Hope to see you back soon!

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Plumlov

Today we'll venture out of the Municipality of Petrohrad to the town of Plumlov, located some 20 kilometers southwest of Petrohrad (I made some changes to the CJ details 2.gif). Although not part of Petrohrad itself, the town is part of the Petrohrad District, the largest of over 150 districts in the Empire. Its location is rather isolated, but it can be reached from Petrohrad by both train and motorway.

Plumlov was founded somewhere in the IXth century on the sight of several collapsed caves. It was made into a town in 1227 and soon after fortified. Despite its long history it has remained rather small and rural with about 5,000 inhabitants. It is surrounded by steep cliffs, dense woods, but also numerous farms, which in former times provided the only source of food for the local residents.

We'll start, traditionally, in the center of the town. One of the main sights here is the Fransiscan Monastery, founded in 1346, the present building is from the XVIIth century however.

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Next to the monastery is the so called "New Chateau", built on the sight of a XIIth century castle. Adjacent to it is the oldest surviving church of Plumlov, dedicated to st. Nicholas.

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On the other side of the town center is the Collegiate Church (XIVth century) and the "Old Chateau", from the first half of the XVIth century (both bottom right of the pic). On top the XVIIth century church of the Virgin Mary. In front of it the main square of the town.

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Same area, different angle. Visible at the bottom is the southern town gate.

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In 1876 a bridge was built over the largest of the collapsed caves to ease the access to Pumlov. Also visible the Plumlov stream, in part an underground river, which surfaces at the town of Plumlov. PP11.png

To the right the exact point where the stream surfaces.

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Same area, different zoom.......

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An old mill along the stream......

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Some overviews of the town center.

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As mentioned before Plumlov was founded on the site of several collapsed caves. To the left the so called "Great Cave" and to the right, surprisingly, the "Small Cave". .

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Surrounding the town center are small XIXth and XXth century layouts.

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Besides the town we can also see here a motorway bridge, constructed across the stream in the early 90s.

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The town is surrounded by dense woods and numerous farms.

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Finally, the usual overview, although this time from two different angles. Thank you for visiting!

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Teaser

Just a small teaser....... I'm currently working on a new update of the CJ. I will replace this teaser with a proper entry as soon as possible, so stay tuned 3.gif.

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Petrohrad-Josefov

Continuing with the suburbs of Petrohrad, today we'll visit Petrohrad-Josefov. This suburb is located in the northwestern part of the Municipality of Petrohrad and was annexed to it in 1963. The town of Josefov is fairly recent, compared to most other places in the Empire, and was founded in 1663 under the reign of Emperor Josef III (that's why it is called Josefov 2.gif). It occupies the site of a much older village, probably dating back to the XIIIth century. Josefov was constructed in 1663-1669 as a fortified town to protect the city of Petrohrad from a siege from the north. Together with the town also a fort was constructed. These fortifications have survived unchanged to this day, except for the town gates which were demolished in the XIXth century, and are one of the most complete and interesting in the Empire.

We'll start, of course, in the town center. It has a symmetrical layout and as you can see the fortifications are impressive. On the main square the Church of the Virgin Mary.

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Next stop is the fort. The army remained in the fort until 1871. In the same year the fort was given to the town of Josefov, most of the original buildings demolished and turned into a urban park.  The views down from the earthen walls are stunning. The park is especially popular during the weekends (as you can see 2.gif).

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When the army left Josefov in 1871, it was finally allowed to built outside of the fortifications. Here a view of the XIXth century layout of the town.

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Another view of the XIXth century layout. Also visible the monastery (white building on top), the sole survivor of the original village before the massive fortifications were built.

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The Petrohrad-Josefov train station (to the right) and some industrial buildings. To the left the largest church of Josefov, the church of st. Augustine, built in 1887-1888.

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When the town was annexed to Petrohrad in 1963 several housing projects were built and the town greatly expanded. It was also connected to the city center of Petrohrad by a tramway. Here some views of the more "modern" Josefov.

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Despite the rapid expansion of Josefov after 1963 some parts of it remain rural.

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Finally, the usual overview 2.gif. Clearly visible are the fortifications and to the left the former fort. Hope to see you again in one of the next visits of Petrohrad. 

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Petrohrad-T

Today a visit to one of Petrohrad's suburbs, Tábor. The city of Tábor was founded in the XIIIth century next to an already existing castle.  This castle has only partly survived to this day. The city was annexed to Petrohrad in 1963 and since then the former city has rapidly expanded through many housing projects.

We'll start our visit in the old city centre. Its main sight is the Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord on Mount Tabor (now you also know where the city name comes from 2.gif), built in the XIIth century.  Also visible the well preserved city walls. 

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A more detailed view of the main square. To the left part of the former city hall from the XVIIIth century.

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The Tábor Castle (or what's left of it). To the left the former main entrance, which also served as one of the city gates. The main palace was demolished in the XVIIIth century and replaced over the years by several other buildings, such as a court building (yellow building) and the small church to the left. Also visible is the Dominican Monastery (bottom right).  

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The Benedictine Monastery with a romanesque church. Also the (white) Church of the Virgin Mary belongs to the Monastery.

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The southern part of the city centre. On top a small part of the main square is visible.

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The theatre and water tower.

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The eastern part of the city centre and a part of the XIXth century layout of the city. Also visible is a western most tip of an artificial lake called "Jordán". It was constructed in the XVth century and this makes it the oldest artifical lake in the Empire.

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A small stream to the north of the city centre. It runs from the lake towards the river south of Tábor.

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The confluence of the stream and the Luznice river. To the right a part of the castle is still visible.

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The former village of Nové Horky, located on the river Luznice.

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An other former village. this time the village of Klokoty.

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Some views of the post-1963 housing developments in Petrohrad-Tábor.

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And finally, an overview of Petrohrad-Tábor. Hope you enjoyed the tour 1.gif.

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Daan300

The Southeast continued... A visit to the town of Sobotka and one of the Empire's most impressive castles.

The town of Sobotka. Founded in 1243, it still contains many ancient buildings and the entire lenght of its city wall. This latter makes it very interesting to tourists.

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A small suburb of Sobotka. Across the stream the Old Bridge.

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A view of the Main Square and the principal church of the town.

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The village of Kost. To the top left the castle of Kost, one of the best preserved medieval castles in the Empire. Also the large parking area of the castle is visible.

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The castle again.

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Another view of Kublovice and its castle (also see part 1).

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Finally, an overview of the southeastern (rural) part of Petrohrad. On top the castle of Kost. In the center the village of Kublovice. To the left the village of Bousov and to the right a small part of Sobotka is still visible.

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Today a visit to the southeastern part of the Municipality of Petrohrad. This part of Petrohrad contains a number of small villages, but also the town of Sobotka (see part 2). Also some of Petrohrad's castles are located in the southeast.

The first village of our tour is Bousov. Founded somewhere in the Middle Ages, but none of the original buildings survive. Above the village is the castle of Kublovice. The village of Kublovice is located just to the right of the castle, but not visible here.

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The castle of Kublovice was built in the XIIth century and only ruins have survived to this day. It was used for defence purposes only.

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Surrounding the village a numerous farms.

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The village of Kublovice. As you can see it is very small and consist of small church and some houses. PS14.png

The village of Humprecht. Within its boundaries a small parish church and next to it a small fortress from the XVth century. On the opposite river bank a small chapel from the XIIth century.

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A close up of Humprecht.

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Finally, a view of the village of Strakov.To the left part of Kublovice is still visible.

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In part 2 we'll visit an additional castle and the town of Sobotka.

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Today a visit to the second part of the Imperial Park.

Our visit starts in the village of Martinice. Here we can find the Imperial summer residence. It consists of the actual palace (centre) and some stables and other auxilary buildings to the left. It has small formal gardens and is off course surrounded by the large landscape park. In the actual village the parish church and the twon hall are worth mentioning, both situated at the main square. At the bottom the train station is visible. 

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A view of the village from the north.

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The formal gardens of the Imperial summer residence and the parish church, built in 1871-1872.

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To the west of the village we can find some farms.

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To the east of village are two other sights of the Imperial Park: the observation tower, built in 1856, and a small haunting chateau. Across the stream a small covered bridge.

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Finally, an overview of the northern part of the Imperial Park. At the bottom the large lake (see part 1), at the top the village of Martinice. To the bottom left a small part of the village of Hlohovec is still visible.

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Today a visit to Petrohrad-Hlohovec. This little village was annexed to Petrohrad in 1947, along with some of the surrounding villages. The most important site in this part of Petrohrad is the Imperial Park. It is a large landscape park, constructed in 1840-1855 and contains several interesting buildings. Among it is the Imperial summer residence, but we'll visit the latter some other day. The park was used in the XIXth century as a place where the Emperor could hunt deer. Although shooting of deer is forbidden since 1949 the park still contains many deer.

Today's tour will be of the southern part of the park. We'll start in the village of Hlohovec. Hlohovec is very small and contains only few sites of interest. The first is the village church built in 1712.

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Furthermore, Hlohovec has its own water reservoir, built in 1879.

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The main site of the village is the chateau however.

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On the lake near Hlohovec are several others buildings. To the upper right the so called red chateau used for hunting parties. The the bottom right another small chateau, also used for hunting parties.

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The eastern part of the lake with the Imperial Observatory.

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Finally, a nice overview of the entire lake.

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Rural Petrohrad

The City of Petrohrad has many towns and villages surrounding it which are part of the Municipality of Petrohrad, but are not located within the actual city limits. Today we will have a look at Petrohrad-Kunratice, a town annexed to Petrohrad in 1963.

A view of the train station and surroundings.

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The Square of Kunratice. Near the bottom left the old Franciscan Monastery and its gardens. To the right the parish church.

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The old stone bridge across the Kunratice stream.

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The eastern part of the town. To the right a small part of the motorway exit is still visible.

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Finally, an overview of the town.

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Churches of Petrohrad

Since some of you have noticed that Petrohrad has a lot of churches indeed, here is an overview of the churches in the Old Town and surrounding New Town.

In the center Petrohrad's largest Church, the Cathedral of st Ursula. Next, starting in the left upper corner en going clockwise, the Church of st Wenceslaus (Petrohrad's smallest church), the Church of st Nicolas, the Jesuite Church, the Church of st Anne, the Church of st Catherine, the Church of our Lady, the Church of st Xavier, the Church of st Peter and finally the Church of George. 

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An overview of the second half of Petrohrad's churches. In the center the Collegiate Church of st Barbara. Next, starting in the left upper corner and going again clockwise, the Pantheon, the Church of the Virgin Mary, the Church of st Martin, the Church st Euphemia, Emperor's Church, the Church of our Blessed Lady, the Benedictine Monastery, the Church of All Saints (Petrohrad's oldest church), the Church of st Pauline and finaly the Church of st John. 

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Petrohrad Airport

Petrohrad International Airport was built on its present site in the 1960s. Since then it has been enlarged several times and nowadays has four terminals of which terminal A and B survive of the 1960s buildings.

An overview of the airport: on top Terminal A and B and one of the three runways, to the left Terminal D and to the right Terminal C with an other runway. Near the bottom part of the extensive parking facilities of the ariport are visible.

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A view of Terminal A.

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A closer view of Terminal B, part of Terminal A to the right and Terminal D near the bottom.

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Terminal A with several gates.

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Finally, some night views of the airport.

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Daan300

Close-ups

Hi there again. By request some close-ups of the city. Hopefully more will follow in the (near) future 2.gif.

A view of the Main Square on market day.

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Again a view of a market. This time the farmer's market in front of the church of st John, held once a year during the summer.

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A parade held in the streets of Petrohrad in honore of the Emperor's birthday. The parade is just passing by Petrohrad's smallest church, dedicated to St Wenceslaus.

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Same parade, now passing the Church of Our Lady.

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A view of Parlaiment's Square, on an average friday.

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Behind the Cathedral.

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The surroundings of St George Church.

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Behind st Barbara Church.

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Museum Square

Just a minor update. Below two pics from part of the city located east of the city centre and central station.

The first pic shows Museum Square. At its west end (left hand side) the Lutheran Cathedral, constructed in the 1870s. On the eastern side (right) of the square the Empirial Museum (only partially visible),from which the square takes its name. P11.png

Just to the north of Museum Square the church of the Sacred Heart is located. The church was built during the 1850s and 1860s. Many older churches served as examples for this church. Towards the top of the pic a part of the Northern Station is visible.

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New Town: new pics

Just a few new pics from the New Town.

Here we can see the New Town Square. The church in its center is the Church of Our Blessed Lady, built between 1701 and 1712. The square itself dates originally from the XVIIIth century, but was completely reconstructed in 1881-1883. Petrohrad-16Aug2851242243421.png

Petrohrad's City Hall, located in the eastern part of the New Town. To the right a building belonging the rail yard of Petrohrad's Central Station is just visible.

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Here is a view of the Emperor Charles' Square, in the southwestern part of the New Town. On the right hand side is the Imperial Boulevard.

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Finally, an areal view of the city center. On top is (a part) of the Northern Town with the Parlament building. Beneath it, in the center of the pic, the Old Town with its many churches and surrounded by the Imperial Boulevard. To the left, right and on the bottom the New Town. On the left the Imperial Palace, on the left hand corner Emperor Charles' Square and the New Town Square and on the right hand corner the City Hall. On the right we can also see the Central Station. A2a.jpg

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       As mentioned before, the New Town, together with the Empirial Boulevard, almost entirely encircles the Old Town. It was constructed together with the Northern Town in the XVIIIth century when Petrohrad could no longer house all its inhabitants in the Old Town. Even the Emperor went to live in the New Town. His palace was contructed between 1759 and 1761, together with the square in front of it. Here we can also find the Archiducal Palace and the Church of the Virgin Mary, both built in the 1760s. To the south of the square we can see the Pantheon of Petrohrad, built in 1745-1746.

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      In 1856 a new church dedicated to st. Pancras was constructed to the north of the Imperial Palace. It is the finest example of neogothic arcitecture in Petrohrad. On the bottom right of the picture we can see one of two water tower, which used to supply Petrohrad with water in the XIXth century. The white building is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, erected in 1919.

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      The Northern Town houses many of the administrative buildings of Petrohrad. Here we can find for example the splendid Parlaiment Building of the Illyrian Empire. On the bottom right a part of the Petrohrad Exchange Building is still visible.

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       The western part of the Northern Town is composed of the former town of Kostelec nad Váhom. Here we can still find its main square and its two parish churches. The town was annexed to Petrohrad in 1745.

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        Finally, a view of the eastern part of the Northern Town.

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Old Town

       Our visit to Petrohrad starts in the city center. It is composed of three parts: the Old Town, the New Town and the Northern Town. The Old Town is obviously the oldest part of the city and dates back to the Middle Ages, although many of its buildings presently date from the XVIIIth and XIXth century. The New encircles the Old Town and was constructed in the XVIIIth century, as was the Northern Town, which is situated to the north of the Old Town.

      The very heart of the Old Town is the Main Square. Here we can find the largest church in the city, the Cathedral of st. Ursual, from the XIVth and XVth century. Opposite it stands the city's Belfry, the last remnant of the original city hall from the XIIth century. In the XVth century a new city hall was built, after the old one burnt done. This building can be seen immidiately to left of the Cathedral. It is no longer in use as the city hall, as the city counsil moved to a new building in 1879. On the bottom left the Church of Our Lady is visible.

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       The next stop is one of the oldest part of the Old Town. On the picture we can see the so calles Horses Square. Situated on this square is the church of st. Xavier from the XIIIth century. Next to it is the Benedictine monastery. On the top left is the oldest surviving church in the city, the church of All Saints, constructed somewhere around 1100. The last remaining part of the city's wall can also be seen. 

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      To the northeast of the Old Town the second largest church of Petrohrad is situated, the Collegiate Church of st. Barbara from the XIIIth century. We can also see the church of st. Peter and part of the so called Imperial Boulevard, constructed in the XVIIIth century of the former site of the city walls.

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      To the left, we can see the Church of Our Lady again.On the bottom left is the Imperial Operahouse ad just to the upper left of it stands the second oldest church of Petrohrad, the church of st. Martin, built in apr. 1150. In the upper left corner we can see st. John´s Square with the church of st. John.

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       We conclude our tour of the Old Town with a view of its southeastern part. Here are the churches of st. Euphemia and st. George. We can see the Imperial Boulevard again, encircling the Old town. To the right is the so called New City hall, finished in 1879.

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Finally, an areal view of the Old Town.

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In this CJ we will have a look at the Illyrian Empire and its capital city: Petrohrad. Highlighted will be the city of Petrohrad, but also many other cities and places in the Empire. But first, a small introduction.......enjoy.

Petrohrad

            In the year 1453 five nations, the Kingdoms of Illyria, Slavonia, Lodomeria and Galicia and the Archduchy of Southern Lodomeria, were joined together to form the Illyrian Empire. The unification occurred under the rule of King Petar I, King of Illyria, when he had finally acquired the crown of all five nations, mostly through battle. In 1453 the capital of the Kingdom of Illyria, Petrohrad, would become the capital city of the newly founded Empire. The next year King Petar I was crowned Emperor in Petrohrad’s Cathedral.

When the present site of the City of Petrohrad was first inhabited remains unknown. Some remains from Roman times have been found during excavations in the city center, although none of these structures are to be seen above ground. No mention to any Roman settlement on the site of Petrohrad was ever traced.  The medieval city is first mentioned in 847, when it was already described as being the place where the ruler of Illyria (at that time still the Duke of Illyria) lived.

Petrohrad flourished during the XIIIth and XIVth when it became the largest city in the Kingdom of Illyria. During the same time many of the still remaining churches of Petrohrad were built, including its magnificent Cathedral of St. Ursula. When Petrohrad became the Imperial Capital in 1453 the city was greatly enlarged and completed surrounded by a double defensive wall. Part of these once magnificent walls remain on the north side of the city center. In the XVIIIth century, when the defensive walls were deemed no longer useful, large parts of it were demolished. The city, no longer encircled by its walls, enlarged by fourfold within 20 years.

In the XIXth century Petrohrad grew to over two million inhabitants, by far the largest city in the Empire, due to the industrial revolution. Even today, Petrohrad still remains the largest city in the Empire with over five million inhabitants and forms its very summit, both culturally as well as economically. 

The Illyrian Empire

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Capital (and largest city): Petrohrad

Constituent states                             Coat of arms                                             Flag

Kingdom of Illyria                         Illyria.jpg

Kingdom of Slavonia                     Slavonia.jpg

       

Kingdom of Lodomeria                  Lodomeria.jpg         

Kingdom of Galicia                        Galicia.jpg

Archduchy of Southern Lodomeria SouthernLodomeria.jpg

Ethnic groups  29.5% Illyrian, 28.5% Slavonian, 27% Lodomerian, 13% Galician, 2% other.

Language(s) Illyrian, Slavonian, Lodomerian, Galician

Governement Monarchy; four Kingdoms and one Archduchy in Real Union.

Area 698,638 km2

Population 2009 est. 89,600,000

           Density 128/ km2

Currency Illyrian Crown