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Folk architecture

Kopic homestead

Creations of folk architecture belong to the sights of Bohemian Paradise Geopark. Rural homesteads were originally timbered. Gaps between beams were filled with clay mixed with chaffs and straw and then whitewashed. Stone parts of houses from sandstone are represented by dooryards, feed troughs, fence columns, entry gates, sandstone chimneys, cowsheds and stables. Homesteads usually had the form of an enclosure with large entries with gates of boards to the yard. Saddleback roofs were usually covered by thatches or shingles. Single-storey or storey houses had courtyard gallery with carved columns. Carving was also on window and door lining. Kopic homestead in the village Vrcha near Kacanovy is the typical example of this type of homestead. There is uphill road about one kilometer with blue marking from the churchyard in Kacanovy to hamlet No.64. Enclosed farmsted is located in fields and meadows over shallow rock cliff. Kopic farm has been built by Jiří Jireš in 1787 and therefore the original name was Jireš bailiff house. The farm proves the high level of local carpenter work. Enclosed farmstead with timbered storey house and with agricultural buildings belongs to the most interesting monuments of Jizera type of folk architecture. Entry is by the northern or southern gate used for farm operations. Gates are from sandstone blocks. Dominating feature of the yard is the storey house with courtyard gallery, with the sitting room, hall, cowshed, stable, barn and woodhouse. The first floor was originally used as larder and granary. It has gable with vertical and herringbone boards covered with small hipped end. In spite of reconstruction in the forties of 19th century the original appearance was preserved. The farm is known from shooting story tales as for example Princ Bajaja (Bajaja Prince) and Princ a Večernice (Prince and the Evening star).

GPS position

N 50° 33.353', E 15° 9.503'



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