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Veselí nad Moravou lies in the area of Moravian Slovakia, where the traditions are still kept. The inhabitants of this region wear folk costumes, the parents and grandparents bequeath folk songs and dances to their children. There is a wide variety of contemporary folk music - dulcimer and brass music groups. The peculiarity of the culture can be seen on the two “monuments” that are on the UNESCO World Heritage List – verbuňk (Dance of Recruits) and the Ride of Kings. The latter will take part at the time of IVCA rally, so you can join this event on Sunday 26 May 2013 in the nearby village Vlčnov (25 kms).

Imbibing of wine is also closely connected with folklore. Growing grapes gives a particular and unique character to the landscape. The good wines from South Moravia are highly esteemed all over the world. The historical wine cellars are nowadays regarded as monuments, although they still serve their original purpose.

Baťa-Canal

Baťův kanál

This unique water route, built in 1938-1939 by the Czech state and the Baťa shoe company, originally served as a cargo transportation route. The Baťa-Canal (from Otrokovice to Skalice) is nowadays about 53 kilometers long. Some of the sections are on the river March, others are artificial. Baťa-Canal is nowadays used as a tourist waterway. There is no cargo shipping any more. People spend their holidays, weekends or free time here driving a board and enjoying many beautiful views from the board.

Folklore

Folklór

Veselí nad Moravou lies in the area of Moravian Slovakia, where the traditions are still kept. The inhabitants of this region wear folk costumes on festive occasions, the parents and grandparents bequeath folk songs and dances to their children. There is a wide variety of contemporary folk music - dulcimer and brass music groups and several choirs. Folklore is still alive.

Verbuňk

Verbuňk

The peculiarity of the local culture can be seen on the unique folk dance called Slovakian verbuňk (Dance of Recruits), which has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2005. Slovakian verbuňk is a men’s dance with a saltation character. It is a dance of improvising - although it is being danced in a group, each of the dancers dances on his own - his expression depends on his regional and territorial origin, his dancing craft and character.

Ride of Kings

Jízda králů

Among the most famous and oldest feasts in Moravian Slovakia we can count the Ride of Kings. The royal suite parade with a number of King’s men on richly decorated horses and their traditional interjections have until now kept a festive air. In 2011, this tradition was also added to the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List. You can join this event on Sunday 26 May 2013 in the nearby village Vlčnov (25 kms).

Velehrad

Velehrad

In 863, the Thessaloniki brothers Cyril and Methodius, patron saints of Europe, brought the first script (Cyrillic alphabet) to our region. In 2013, the Czech Republic will be celebrating the 1 150th anniversary of their arrival in Great Moravia. In terms of this, the Pope's visit is being negotiated. We anticipate his visit to Velehrad, a place of pilgrimage with beautiful Basilica Minor (25 kms from Veselí).

Strážnice

Strážnice

The centre of folklore life is Strážnice. Every year, for a period of 67 years, the town has been a meeting point for enthusiasts from all over the world who attend the International Folklore Festival there. The Festival takes place in chateau park and open-air museum. The Museum of a South-east Moravian Village, which is the official name of the local open-air museum, spreads along the north-western boundary of the town. It is separated from the town by Baťa-Canal (Morávka), which flows through the lowland terrain of the Lowmoravian Ravine (Dolnomoravský úval).

Petrov - Plže

Petrov

There is no doubt about the influence of wine on the culture. It influenced literature, music and also architecture. You can find a unique example in the south-moravian village Petrov. Wine cellars that had been built since 15th century create a build-up area with two centres. The cellars are excavated in river banks and the very layer of the soil helps to maintain an acceptable temperature inside. Each frontage is decorated with blue bedding and ornaments of grapevine. These cellars are the oldest examples of a folk architecture in Czech Republic. The upper area serves as an open-air amphitheatre with a view on the oldest and most precious winecellars.

Kunovice – Aviation Museum

Kunovice – letecké muzeum

The aviation museum in Kunovice was established in 1970, by members of Aeroclub Slovácko. First, it was a museum of aeroplanes that had been constructed or partly constructed in the Kunovice factory. Finally, the aircraft park was supplemented also with engines by other producers and with army engines.

Nowadays, the museum displays 23 military, transport and sport aircrafts. More than half of them come directly from the Kunovice factory.

Short time ago, a former feudal mansion was restored in the centre of the town. The first written reference to this mansion dates back to 1592. After complete restoration the mansion became a business incubator. Beautiful premises are used to organise social events and actions.

Kuželov – Windmill

Kuželov – větrný mlýn

The Dutch-type windmill in Kuželov was built in 1842 and the construction was sponsored by the village. Nowadays, it is the best-preserved Dutch-type windmill in Czech Republic. There is a complete technology of grinding and a museum of housing of the Horňácko region from the break of 19. and 20. century.


Blatnice pod Svatým Antonínkem – Pilgrimage Chapel of St. Anthony of Padua

Blatnické bůdy

The hill near Blatnice is regionally known as „St. Anthony“. There is a baroque pilgrimage chapel from 17th century standing on its top. This chapel is dedicated to St. Anthony of Padua and many Christians come here especially in June, when the main pilgrimage service is held. A rare spectacle can be seen at the end of August - there is a thanksgiving pilgrimage in folk costumes.

The wine brand Blatnický Roháč (very popular blend of Riesling, Silvaner and Pinot Blanc) is born in this region and therefore there are remarkable historical wine cellars under Stará Hora. The locality is protected as cultural heritage.

Town Uherský Ostroh

Uherský Ostroh

In the historic centre of Uherský Ostroh (declared an urban conservation area in 1990), you can find a rennaissance castle built in 16th century with courtyard surrounded by arcades. Nowadays, there are the Municipal Office, public library and Castle Gallery, which organizes regular exhibitions. There is a folk costume workshop Lidové tradice in the castle courtyard. The centre of the city is a triangular-shaped St. Andrew’s Square which is surrounded by exquisite burgess houses. The Moravian lowland is suitable for riding a bicycle thanks to many bike trails. The historic bicycles enthusiasts founded local Veteran Bicyclub.

Ostrožská Nová Ves

Ostrožská Nová Ves Golf

Ostrožská Nová Ves is famous for its sulphur spas and so called „Moravian-slovakian Sea“ – large gravel lakes that are good for fishing. The spas, established in 1903, treat rheumatoid arthritis and skin diseases. It also offers relaxing weekends. There is a golf course Jezera in the village. It enables one of the longest golf seasons in the Czech Republic because of the location and the climate.

Tvarožná Lhota – view-tower Travičná and the Museum of Serviceberry Trees

Tvarožná Lhota

Don't you believe you can see the Alps from the White Carphatians? When the weather is nice and the days are clear, this view is possible from the view-tower on the hill Travičná near Tvarožná Lhota. There is an exhibition of the White Carpathians nature in the view-tower. In the village, there is also a museum and educational trail of the service tree, which is the largest European fruit tree.

Uherské Hradiště

Tvarožná Lhota

The medieval centre of Uherské Hradiště - two large squares, the lane connecting these squares and a couple of Jesuit buildings - was declared a conservation area. The most valuable buildings are: Franciscan monastery in Baroque style with the church of Annunciation, Baroque style armory (nowadays it is a gallery of Slovácké museum), hotel Slunce (Sun – sthe only well-preserved Rennaissance style building in the town), the Old Town Hall and the church of St. Francis Xavier.

Kozojídky

Kozojídky

The Kozojídky village is situated southeast of Veselí nad Moravou. The first written mention dates back to 1490. Not only folk ensembles but also the local volunteer fire brigade participate in the cultural life of the village. In 2010, the volunteer fire brigade celebrated the 80th anniversary since the establishment. Their equipment includes also a historical fire engine built in 1930. There are also several cultural monuments, e.g. St. Martin’s Chapel, consecrated in 1971. There is also a recently built area of wine cellars „Pod Kříbem“, a new pond and sports area where you can enjoy your free time.

Hroznová Lhota

Hroznová Lhota

The village Hroznová Lhota is situated in the Moravian Slovakia at the foot of White Carpathian Mountains. The famous painter of this region Joža Uprka lived and worked there. His house with atelier was re-built in 1904 according to an architectural plan by Dušan Jurkovič. In the centre of the village there is a local pride - a beautiful alley of lime-trees, which were planted in 1905. Hroznová Lhota is known for a wide range of cultural events, e.g. live Nativity, meeting of men’s folk ensembles or so called „postponed New Year´s Eve“.

Kněždub

Kněždub

In 2005, the parental house of brothers Joža and Franta Uprka was opened for public. These famous painters and sculptors, bearers of regional traditions and representatives of the cultural heritage of Moravian Slovakia in the first half of the 20th century, were born and raised in Kněždub. The house is a unique example of folk architecture. Its reconstruction was based on photos and reports of the period and it is a rare „clay house“. It is listed by the Ministry of Culture as a part of Czech cultural heritage . The house lies not far from the so called „Slovakian Slavín“ – a cemetery where both brothers are buried together with their successor, painter Antoš Frolka, whose parental house is also opened to public.

Tasov

Tasov

Originally a village of wine and fruit-growers is situated on the boundary of two regions – Horňácko and Dolňácko („Upper and Lower Region“), in the protected landscape of White Carpathians. It is one of the oldest villages in the area – it has been known since 1217. There are some valuable buildings in Tasov - among them St. Wenceslas’ Chapel built in 1928 with the financial contribution of native-born citizens of Tasov who were living in the USA. There is also one of the last houses with typical painted porch (žudro) – a folk architecture monument from the end of the 18th century. The slovakian painter Antoš Frolka (1877-1935) lived and composed in his atelier in Tasov and we should also mention another famous Tasov citizen - Easter egg painter Rozka Falešníková (1900-1983).

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