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Bohemian Gate Trail

Calvary

On the right bank of the Elbe river, above the narrow canyon of Porta Bohemica, rises the rocky headland called Calvary (239 m.a.s.l.), which has been preserved as a wilderness area since 1993. The Elbe river valley has steep rocky walls on both sides which can rise as high as 140m. Calvary is made out of Paleozoic rocks and was named from the Latin Calvaria (a hill near Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified). On the top stand three monumental wooden crosses. This section has an overlook called Three-Cross Hill. According to legend, three virgins jumped from there because of an unfulfilled love towards one knight.

Kalvárie

Kalvárie

The wilderness area is home to about 80 vertebrates species. On occasion, one can see here our biggest green lizard (Lacerta viridis), which grows up the 25cm of a length. This area also has significant flora, including mullein, iris, milk-vetch, and pasqueflower; and during spring time rock madwort can be seen shining on the rocks from far away.

Ještěrka zelená

Ještěrka zelená

To enjoy a view from this overlook, follow the green marks from Velke Zernoseky or Kamyk. You will be rewarded with a beautiful broad view of Radobyl and Litomerice on the left, and Hazmburk to the right. Farther in the distance is the castle ruin of Kostalov, and straight across is the Lovos hill behind which is Milesovka. All the way on the right, seemingly just a stone throw away, across a canyon, there is Hradek hill with a ruin of the same-name.

Kalvárie od V. Žernosek

Kalvárie od V. Žernosek

GPS position

N 50° 32.771', E 14° 3.123'
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