Sekanka and remains of its Middle Ages settlement

Today, the name "Sekanka" designates the rocky headland above the confluence of the Vltava and Sázava rivers. In this very site, there used to be a settlement of craftsmen or a market village belonging to the adjoining Ostrov monastery and supplying it with goods and food. It was founded by the Ostrov monks. The site was well protected against invaders. In fact, the only access was from the south where a wall with a moat was erected.

The settlement included 40 to 60 dugouts grouped around an open space area of about one hectare. For a comfortable access to the river, a path was carved into the rock (hence the name Sekanka derived from the verb "sekat", i.e. to carve) on the north side of the headland. The settlement ceased to exist in the second half of the 13th century in connection with the invasion of the Brandenburgers to Bohemia in 1278.Today, in the Sekanka forest, you can easily spot the protective wall and the moat and dozens of depressions in the ground where the dugouts once were. Following a path carved into the rock, you can descend comfortably to the river and to the confluence of the Vltava and the Sázava.

The sites are definitely worth a visit. It is only shame that there is no information board from which visitors could learn about the interesting history of these places.

Route and transport to the site

Walking (approx. 12 km):

This site is not suitable for a walk from Slapy. It is quite remote and most of the time, you would have to follow busy asphalt roads. The combination of a car ride and a walk is ideal.

Cycling (approx. 12 km):

Slapy - Štěchovice - Hradištko village square. From there, follow the route described below for cars. On your way from Slapy, you will need to go up a rather unpleasant, several kilometres long hill between Štěchovice and Slapy. The route is not too demanding.

By car (approx. 12 km):

Slapy - Štěchovice - Hradištko village square. You need to leave your car at the Hradištko village square and continue to Sekanka walking. The walk is about 2.5 kilometres long. The route is not marked and, therefore, you must rely on your own sense of direction and, ideally, on the advice of the locals. From the village square, take the asphalt road leading between the houses Nos. 5 and 6 heading north. After a while, you will pass relatively new parts of Hradištko. On the right, you will see vast fields and a meadow and, then, you will reach the Sekanka cottage colony. Continue straight ahead to the forest (by the way, you will see a no-entry sign there). In the beginning of the forest, the route crosses the protective wall and the moat of the former Sekanka settlement. Directly behind the moat in the forest, you will see a number of depressions with the parameter of several metres. These are the remains of the dugouts (recessed dwellings). From the rocks on the left hand side of the road, you can comfortably see the remains of the Ostrov monastery directly below you. On your way, you will pass a landfill (a former sand quarry) and you will reach a path which you can follow directly to the confluence of the Vltava and Sázava rivers. The trip is very nice and suitable for everyone.

GPS coordinates - 49°52'45.179"N, 14°23'39.343"E


Map No. 38 / A5 KČT (Czech Tourist Club) series

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