16.08.2017 – THE CARPATHIAN TROY

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WE MADE PLANS FOR THIS TRIP FOR MONTHS. THE INITIATOR WAS MY MOM, WHO A FEW YEARS AGO LEARNED ABOUT THE WONDERFUL DISCOVERY OF POLISH ARCHAEOLOGISTS IN THE SWIETOKRZYSKIE VOIVODESHIP. FOR A LONG TIME, WE WERE UNABLE TO COORDINATE THE DATE OF THE EXPEDITION TO SUIT ALL INTERESTED PARTIES. EITHER SOMEONE COULD NOT GO, ANOTHER TIME THE CAR REBELLED. THE BIGGEST PROBLEM WAS THE ATTEMPT TO COMBINE A TRIP TO TRZCINICA – CARPATHIAN TROY WITH THE VISIT TO A DISTANT “FAMILY” IN THE BIESZCZADY MOUNTAINS. SUCH A VISIT COULD ADD BLUSHES FOR OUR OUTING, AROUSING MEMORIES. IT ISN’T HOWEVER EASILY TO COORDINATE THE TRIP TO THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATIONS WITH THE CARE OF THE CAT, EVERYDAY DUTIES, AND THE VISIT TO THE PLACE THAT ONE SAW LAST IN 1983. ESPECIALLY, IF WE HAVE AMONGST SIGHTSEERS TWO AGEING LADIES.

FINALLY MANAGED TO COORDINATE EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE. AT LEAST WE THOUGHT SO. WE COULD SET OFF ON A PLANNED TWO-DAY TRIP.

THE KITTEN STAYED THIS TIME ALONE. SLIGHTLY LATE, WE PICKED UP THE OTHER TWO LADIES-SIGHTSEERS FROM KRAKOW APARTMENTS AND WE WENT ON THE WAY TO TRZCINICA. THE DRIVING IS GOING WELL.

THE CARPATHIAN TROY (POLISH IN THE NEW NATIONALISTIC NOMENCLATURE) – SOUNDS PROUD.
WORSE IF SOMEBODY E.G. IS GOOD AT THE ITALIAN LANGUAGE. VARIOUS STRANGE ASSOCIATIONS MAY COME TO HIS HEAD … 🙂

THE OPEN-AIR MUSEUM IN TRZCINICA IS KNOCKING DOWN ANYONE, BY ITS SIZE AND RECONSTRUCTED BUILDING ELEMENTS. IT CONSISTS OF SEVERAL PARTS. ONE, COMPLETELY INDEPENDENT LIES AT ZERO LEVEL, THE REST STANDS ON A FAIRLY HIGH HILL AND IN MY OPINION IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE USING WHEELCHAIRS. IT IS VERY HARD – HOWEVER POSSIBLE – TO GO UP THE HILL IN A WHEELCHAIR, BUT, IN THE END, ALL PASSAGES COMBINING THE INTEGRITY HAVE STAIRS. THE PROBLEM IS ALSO THE LACK OF AN ELEVATOR IN A WELL-LOCATED, 30 m HIGH OBSERVATION TOWER.

FROM THE HUGE PARKING LOT, ONE HAS TO GO TO A LARGE, 1-STOREY ADMINISTRATION AND SERVICE BUILDING. THERE ARE CASH REGISTERS, TOILETS, POORLY STOCKED SHOP, CINEMA AND PERMANENT EXHIBITION. UPSTAIRS ONE WILL FIND A RESTAURANT. THERE IS A LIFT !!!

THE DISPLAYED HISTORICAL-BIOGRAPHICAL FILM LASTS 30 min. AN AVERAGE INTERESTING FROM THE ARTISTIC SIDE, INFORMATIONALLY IS VERY GOOD.

THE PERMANENT EXHIBITION WILL INTEREST THE YOUNGEST. A FEW SHOWCASES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LARGE HALL HOUSE A LOT OF OBJECTS FOUND DURING EXCAVATION, OR RATHER THEIR REMAINS. MANY DIORAMAS DEPICTING FULL-PLASTIC AND FULL-SIZE GENRE SCENES ARE PLACED UNDER THE WALLS. THERE ARE REALLY A LOT OF THEM. THEY ARE VERY WELL DONE AND IT IS WORTH SPENDING 30 min. WATCHING THIS.

AFTER GOING THROUGH THE BUILDING, WE ENTER THE OPEN-AIR MUSEUM. A SMALL, BUT VERY INTERESTING VILLAGE WAS BUILT IN A LARGE SPACE. IN THE CENTRE IS A POND AND ON ITS TWO SIDES A LARGE NUMBER OF HUTS AND HALF DUGOUT. THESE ARE REPLICAS OF BUILDINGS USED HERE, COVERING THE PERIOD FROM ALMOST 2000 YEARS BC UP TO ABOUT 1000 AD. COPIES ARE IMPRESSIVE. EVEN SMALL DETAILS WERE REPRODUCED VERY ACCURATELY. ALL HOUSES CAN BE VISITED INSIDE. A LITTLE OFF THE SIDELINES IS ALSO RECONSTRUCTED BLACKSMITH’S WORKSHOP.
IF WOULD BE A SMELL OF SMOKE HERE, THEN ENTERING INSIDE I WOULD HAVE THE IMPRESSION THE BLACKSMITH IS SPINNING SOMEWHERE IN THE BACK …

NOT FAR FROM THIS WORKSHOP THERE IS A HUGE COVERED SPACE THAT SERVES – AS I UNDERSTAND IT – THE ROLE OF A HUGE FEAST PLACE. SKANSEN IS THE ORGANIZER OF MANY OUTDOOR EVENTS FOR ENTIRE FAMILIES AND NEEDS SUCH USEFUL CONSTRUCTIONS.

NOW, TO REACH THE NEXT PART OF THE MUSEUM, ONE HAS TO ENTER THE WIDE, COMFORTABLE STAIRS TO THE HIGH (ABOUT 3 FLOORS) STEEP HILL. THIS PART IS NOT – IN MY OPINION – ACCESSIBLE TO PEOPLE IN WHEELCHAIRS.
GOING AROUND A LARGE CIRCLE, ONE CAN SEE BUILDINGS THAT MOSTLY SHOWING RECONSTRUCTED FRAGMENTS OF DEFENSIVE WALLS AND A WATCH TOWER AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE PROPER UPPER TOWN. YOU WILL FIND HERE FREEBOARDS WITH THE HISTORY OF CARPATHIAN TROY, ALSO IN ENGLISH.

AFTER PASSING THROUGH THE GATE OF THE FORMER MAIN TOWN AND WALKING SEVERAL DOZEN METERS, WE COME TO A FRAGMENT OF THE RECONSTRUCTED DEFENSIVE WALL OF THE FIRST CRAFT SETTLEMENT. EARLIER, WE PASS ANOTHER RECONSTRUCTED SLAVIC HUT.

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THE CARPATHIAN TROY – WE ARE TOURING THE AREA OF THE CASTLE TOWN

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GOING FURTHER, BY THE RISING GROUNDS WE PASS SEVERAL REPLICAS OF BUILDINGS AND THE LAST RESTORED FRAGMENT OF THE WALL. STILL, A FEW TENS OF METERS UPHILL AND WE STAND IN FRONT OF THE 30 m TALL LOOKOUT TOWER. UNFORTUNATELY, WITHOUT THE LIFT …

THE ENTRANCE IS EASY. THE STAIRCASE WAS BUILT GREAT. ANYONE COULD BE ENTERING WITHOUT EFFORT. HOWEVER, THE VIEW IS DEFINITELY LESS INTERESTING THAN I THOUGHT. OF NO MARVELS, NO RAPTURES  …

NOW ONE HAS TO GO BACK DOWN TO THE MAIN BUILDING. IS LEADING TO THERE, GRAVELLED AT THE BEGINNING, THEN PAVED THE PATH. PEOPLE IN WHEELCHAIRS COULD USE IT, BUT ONLY UP TO A CERTAIN POINT (THAT’S THE IMPRESSION I HAVE).

TO SEE REMAINED US THE EXPOSITION, AND 30 min. OF THE FILM ABOUT THE HISTORY OF EXCAVATIONS AND DISCOVERIES IN CARPATHIAN TROY.

THE WHOLE VISIT TOOK US 240 min. THE COST FOR THE SENIOR CITIZEN – 13 PLN. THE WHOLE SKANSEN I RATE 8.5 ON A SCALE FROM 1 TO 10. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 MINUSES I GIVE ONLY FOR THE LACK OF ELEVATORS AND THE MALADJUSTMENT OF PARTS LYING ON THE HILL FOR DISABLED PERSONS.

A MOMENT LATER WE STARTED THE DRIVE TO THE UHERCE MINERALNE. WE GOT THERE AFTER A LONG DRIVE THROUGH SANOK. THE EVENING PASSED ON FAMILY EVENING TALKS …

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