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Around Novy Svetlov

Towards the Olsava spring

If you decide to follow the Olsava stream further up-hill, you may find its spring. Unlike most of its regulated bed downstream, its upper section still retains its natural character.

The Olsava stream played an important role in the history of the whole region. For many centuries the sound of its running water accompanied travellers on the old trade route along the stream and the stream bed created a natural northern frontier of a much disputed territory called Provincia Lucensis. The other natural frontiers were formed by the Morava river (west), the Vah river (east), and Male Karpaty, part of the Carpathian Mountain range (south).

This no-man’s land had not been colonized, since it formed a kind of buffer zone; from the 11th to the 13th century AD the armies of Czech and Moravian kings on one side and Hungarian ones on the other used the mountain passes to access each other's terri­tories, fought their battles and conducted peace talks here.

Hungarian rebel

It was the Czech and Moravian king Premysl Otakar II who finally managed to attach the territory to his kingdom. However, any settlements that were established in this border region had a very difficult lot, being repeatedly plundered, burnt down – and resettled again.

GPS position

N 49° 1.419', E 17° 53.019'



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