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Okolí Jablunkova

JABLUNKOV RAMPARTS

Jablunkov Pass was always an important trade route. A road from Těšín Principality to what was then Hungary went through it. A fortification to defend the merchant road was built near the Hungarian border already in the 14th century. The importance of the place grew during the Turkish Wars, when local defenders were the first ones to stand up to the enemy troops and prevented them from penetrating the interior of the country. The ramparts also proved useful during the Thirty Years’ War; however, they were ruined during the fighting. They were soon restored, upgraded and even declared a country fortress. They began loosing importance in the 19th century until they were eventually abandoned by the military and have been slowly dilapidating since.

The St. Peter and Paul’s Chapel was built near the ramparts in the late 19th century, and fitted with a little belfry on the top. The bell was requisitioned in World War II and scheduled for transport along with many others to be recast into canon and other weapons. The bell had been loaded on a railway carriage and ready for transport, but locals succeeded in taking it off the train at great peril in the last minute, hide it until the end of the War and then restore it to its place. The century-old wooden statuettes of Our Lady and Jesus Christ, located in a chapel niche, were not as fortunate. They were stolen in the 1990s and have probably long disappeared on the black market for cultural heritage items.

GPS position

N 49° 30.022', E 18° 44.500'
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