Three Crosses - the centre of the Kingdom of Bohemia near Sl

This site is shrouded in mysteries. There are three crosses standing in the forest and up to now no one is sure why the crosses have been erected here, since when they have stood here, and who was the first to have a cross erected on this site. According to the locals, a legend has it that this spot has been marking the very heart of the ancient Kingdom of Bohemia since the times of Wenceslaus, the Duke of Bohemia, or Charles, the King of Bohemia; there is no written source, however, to prove the aforesaid. It does not constitute the centre of the Kingdom of Bohemia in terms of geography, indeed. Hard to say, then, what kind of “heart” the legend is referring to.

Allegedly, the one who had the crosses erected was Jakub Záhorský, a veteran, a native from the nearby Záhoří farm and the promoter of the Rovínek Chapel built in 1841. Based on the year marked on the rear of the middle cross, the original crosses were replaced by three crosses made of stone as late as 1878; no explanation, however, as to why the crosses are situated right in this place and their purpose. According to other sources, Jakub Záhorský was born in the village of Lahoz. The village used to be situated in the valley below the crosses; partly, it has been inundated by the rising waters of the Vltava river as the dam was built and, partly, it has vanished amidst a multitude of newly constructed cottages. It is a fact that the Záhorský family did live in the Lahoz village in a house standing right at the foot of the hillside where the crosses are situated. Many could argue that three is not an accurate account, since the middle “cross” is actually not a cross.

The truth is there used to be a small cross in the middle, too, it is, however, gone now. Sadly, in the course of their existence, these sacred monuments have not escaped from the hands of vandals and have been damaged several times, most recently around the middle of the 20th century. They were restored by Mr Josef Chomát of the Přestavlky village in 1957, but due to reasons of statics in all probability, the pedestals of the left and middle cross had to be replaced. The cross situated on the left was decorated with an angel head then, but the head, unfortunately, is no longer there.

Route and transport to the site

Walking (approx. 2,2 km):

Finding this landmark is rather tricky - using your GPS is highly recommended. There is no marked trail leading to the site and the crosses are hidden in the woods and amidst cottages on the left bank of the lake. Walk through Přestavlky village, in the direction of Slapy.   Walk by a pond and the Ztracený mlýn restaurant, and then continue through the valley toward the lake. At the tip of the Vltava bay, cross a creek to the left bank and follow a path leading along the bay. You will be able to spot the crosses right above you as you enter the woods some 150 metres ahead, looking up the slope on the left bank of the bay. A stroll fit for almost everyone, however, a little demanding in terms of finding the precise spot.

Cycling (approx. 2,2 km):

You can use the same track as hikers, but the final parts of the trail are not exactly suitable for bikers and you may have to carry your bike then.

By car (approx. 3 km):

We would strongly advise against going by car. If you do go by car, park your car at the Ztracený mlýn restaurant in Lahoz village and continue walking along a path through the valley toward the lake. At the tip of the Vltava bay, cross a creek to the left bank and follow a path leading along the bay. You will be able to spot the crosses right above you as you enter the woods some 150 metres ahead, looking up the slope on the left bank of the bay.

GPS coordinates

www.mapy.cz - 49°48'56.381"N, 14°25'4.019"E

Map

Map No. 38 / B5, KČT (Czech Tourist Club) series

Mapa 04

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