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Žďár nad Sázavou


Last weekend was taken up by an outing to Žďár nad Sázavou. Karla and I met there to go skiing, although we never really did find skis or trails. Apart from being a small, quiet, and relatively nice Czech town, just to the north of the center there is a UNESCO-recognized church at Zelená hora (Green mountain). The church is situated at the top of the mountain but hidden by trees until you get close. The unique church and surrounding churchyard is dedicated to St. John of Nepomuk. It was built in the early eighteenth century. It was kind of funny walking around in the downtown, scattered with communist-era socialist realist art, e.g. the town theater, while knowing the church was never more than two or three kilometers away:

Another strange site/sight was the closed Julius Meinl grocery that still advertises "Quality for low prices" (note the empty shelves). It's not clear what they're referring to. Some people think they can sell you anything.

Finally, a trumpeting angel heralded the distant TOKOZ factory from another Santini construction, the Lower Cemetery outside the chateau.

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