Following in the footsteps of the Celts

What is a Czech is also a Celt?lofty and exalted though fitting. An excursion for demonstrably the first permanent settlement of the inhabitants of Železné hory, where it is possible to have a look into the mysteries and mysticism of Celtic culture. On an outcropping above the Chrudimka river near Nasavrky we find the remnants of is currently the only known Celtic fortified site ? an oppidium in eastern Bohemia.

Exposition ?Po stopách Keltů? (On the Trail of the Celts), Nasavrky, chateau. Focused thematically on the nearby oppidium in Hradiště at Nasavrky and on Celtic settlement of the local region. One interesting attraction for visitors is the model of the oppidium in Hradiště, which approximates how the oppidium looked during the period of Celtic settlement. The model is 3 x 4 metres in size and thanks to this fact, it is one of the largest in Europe. Part of the exhibition includes an interactive room. Here you can try to build a wooden puzzle or compose a stone circle ? a cult location of the Celts.

The Celtic trail to Železné hory ? this trail has been created in such a way that it takes visitors to the site of the original Celtic settlement, which is highlighted by the oppidium in Hradiště at Nasavrky. It also leads through the wonderful nature of the Chráněné krajinné oblasti Železné hory (Iron Mountains Protected Scenic Area). At the site of the Boika lookout tower ? elevation 528m above sea level, this offers panoramic views on Krkonoše, Orlické hory (the Eagle Mountains), the massive Kralický Sněžník, Jeseníky, as well as Chrudim and Pardubice with Kunětická hora.

The oppidium is located on an outcropping above the Chrudimka river, today above the Křižanovice reservoir. The core itself covers an area of 20 hectares. It is a uniquely sited Celtic oppidium in eastern Bohemia. It probably created a link between the povltavska oppidia in southern and central Bohemia and their counterparts in Moravia. The oppidium was naturally protected for the most part by the steep slopes and the Chrudimka river. The most vulnerable space was protected by a double and even triple vallum. These valla are clearly apparent today.
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