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Memorial to Lost Patriots

Memorial to Lost Patriots
Památník zapadlých vlastenců Památník - interiér
Památník zapadlých vlastenců 121, 512 47 Paseky nad Jizerou
Phone: 00420 481 523 609
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The Memorial to Lost Patriots is a small museum surrounded by beautiful countryside, with an impressive view of the western parts of the Krkonose Mountains, and neighbours the Church of St. Wenceslaus, which dates back to the end of the 18th century. It was established in 1958 in the former parish house owing to the efforts of several local enthusiasts and thanks to willing donators of rare family souvenirs. The Memorial had been a literary tribute to the local writer, violin maker and teaching assistant Venceslav Metelka, whose character was an inspiration for the writer Karel Vaclav Rais in his novel entitled The Lost Patriots. Growing public interest led to the collections and exhibition rooms being expanded. A new exhibition, opened in 1975, presented the rich cultural tradition of the village and was accompanied by a permanent exhibition on the Krkonose violin-making school in 1979, introducing Venceslav Metelka as the founder and Paseky as the cradle of the violin art. A unique collection of musical instruments includes works by the first violin makers in Paseky and their apprentices up to contemporary makers from the renowned families of Pilar and Spidlen. The ethnographic exhibition was redesigned in 2005 to provide a deeper insight into the history, civic life, crafts and industry in the village from the 19th to the mid-20th century. Besides practical examples of weaving on two manual looms, it shows the rudiments of metal-working in the newly opened workshop, equipped with a wood-cutting lathe and a set of tools dating back to the end of the 19th century. The highly developed folk craft of the locals is shown in a mechanical nativity scene by the Skrabalek brothers, who created it at the beginning of the 20th century. Admission: 20 CZK adults, 10 CZK children. Opening hours: All year except for November: Tuesdays to Sundays 9am to 12pm, 1pm to 4pm.