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2021-05-01

Team Battle #65 is over now and all 69 teams have achieved great results!

Here is a look at the top 10 of the overall ranking for our statistics fans:

Rank

 

Name

Towers

Country

Fraction

Members

Credits

1

USA Misfits
additional 30,000 credits for the team account

501

5

238,611

2

The Fantastic Five
additional 20,000 credits for the team account

429

5

215,168

3

Tower Power East
additional 10,000 credits for the team account

384

5

169,965

4

Sic Mundus Creatus Est
additional 9,000 credits for the team account

290

5

129,243

5

FlagstackFanatics
additional 8,000 credits for the team account

269

5

119,876

6

Knight Riders
additional 7,000 credits for the team account

239

5

111,721

7

Kent and the Lockdown Flags
additional 6,000 credits for the team account

138

5

97,776

8

Rapunzel 2.0
additional 5,000 credits for the team account

217

5

92,106

9

Tower Power North
additional 4,000 credits for the team account

189

4

84,718

10

Psychos
additional 3,000 credits for the team account

160

5

78,577

And here's the fraction ranking of Team Battle #65, and we're delighted with the great overall performance from all players:

Rank

 

Name

Towers

Teams

Credits

Average

1

The Syndicate of Flag Hunter
each player has won 5,000 credits and the fraction badge

2397

24

1,136,811

47,367

2

The Alliance of Flag Keeper
each player has won 3,000 credits and the fraction badge

2121

26

914,720

35,182

3

The Cartel of Flag Seeker
each player has won 1,000 credits and the fraction badge

782

19

411,774

21,672

All details about the team and fraction rankings can be found with a quick click.

You can find all detailed information about the credit distribution on the official FLAGSTACK help page for Team Battles.

You are enthusiastic about Team Battles, all the excitement and variety and especially about your personal advantages through the great prizes? Than you know what you have to do: Tell all your friends about it and create a new team - or even two - because after a short recovery time the next Team Battle is already in sight - on 05. May 2021 at 0:00 (Timezone Europe / Berlin) the TB #66 starts!

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2021-04-28

FLAGSTACK Virtual World Trip - Stop CZ - 10 of 10

Welcome to the fourth country of the virtual world trip: the Czech Republic! Unbelievable but true - we have already arrived at the last highlight from Lednimedvidek's insider list! Thank you, Lednimedvidek, your tour guiding skills have been convincing all month long and the Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers have sent great reports to the enthusiastic FLAGHUNTERS :-)

After reaching high places at many locations, the virtual trip through the Czech Republic ends with a descent... The volunteers virtually dive into an impressive gorge and an extensive cave system... Welcome to the Macocha and Punkva Cave (Macocha a Punkevní jeskyně)!

Macocha, also called Stepmother Gorge, is a 138.5 m deep collapse doline in the Moravian Karst. The precipice, located in the Vilémovice municipality, has a surface dimension of 174 m × 76 m, making it the deepest gorge in the Czech Republic. Up to the bottom of the debris cone, which is bordered on both sides by two ponds, the quarry has a depth of 187 m. The waters of the underground river Punkva flow through the cone. By the way, the visible watercourse is not the Punkva, but a tributary from the amateur caves, which are the largest cave system in the Czech Republic.

The Macocha can be visited from two platforms at the top. Below, a tour of the Punkva Cave takes you along one of the lakes, which is actually a siphon to an almost 35 km long cave system.

The abyss created by the collapse of a large cave dome is known at least since the 16th century. Nowadays, a part of the caves can be visited with a guided tour. You will not only pass through corridors with breathtaking stalactite decorations and mighty domes, you will even take a ride on motorboats over green deep waters of the underground river Punkva. The trip will be interrupted at one point to visit the Masaryk Dome, which is one of the most beautiful underground spaces in the Moravian Karst.
As huge as the gorge is, the river is a bit different... The small river Punkva is the longest underground river in the Czech Republic, but in total only about 19 km long or short. The catchment area covers 170 km². Only a small part of the river runs on the surface, where it crosses the deep, forested Punkva valley and flows into the Svitava at the edge of Blansko. Further on, the water flows into the Danube and then into the Black Sea.... But the volunteers will not travel that far ;-)

For the best possible variety, from the valley of the Punkva there is the possibility of ascending to the Macocha by means of a small cable car.

Such a versatile highlight includes, of course, a slightly scary legend... According to old folk tradition, it is said that a stepmother lured her little stepson into the forest to hunt for berries in order to get rid of him in favor of her own son. The boy, pushed into the gorge by the stepmother, got caught on a root and was saved. When it became known in the village what had happened, the stepmother jumped into the abyss.

Of course we don't end with such a horror story, but with the prospect of the next destination of the virtual world trip... The volunteers will be invited by Sim1 and Roy to the Netherlands.
Dutch clichés are simple: wooden clogs and delicious cheese... Be excited to see what Simone and Roy will introduce to us beyond these common notions!

Many greetings to the world virtually from the Czech Republic send you the 8 volunteers and the FHQ!
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2021-04-26

FLAGSTACK Virtual World Trip - Stop CZ - 9 of 10

Welcome to the fourth country of the virtual world trip: the Czech Republic! Lednimedvidek demonstrates her tour guide qualities and leads the Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers to a total of 10 highlights on this stopover of the little world tour.

Today, the round trip through the Czech Republic takes the 8 volunteers virtually to Ostrava. The third largest city in the Czech Republic was called the "steel heart of the republic" until just 20 years ago. This refers to the enormous Dolní Vítkovice industrial complex.
 
The glowing maw of a science fiction city: The Vítkovické železárny ironworks are located in the heart of the city. During the virtual visit to this "city of steel", a fantastic view reminiscent of futuristic science fiction movies from Hollywood is offered to the volunteers: a tangle of iron towers and pipes of the most bizarre shapes that will surely fascinate you. This steel city impresses especially with its clear and rough shapes.

It is the only location in Europe where the entire iron production process was concentrated in a relatively small area, and it has been preserved to this day. In the northern part is the Důl Hlubina deep shaft, which was attached to the site and supplied fuel for the blast furnaces. The blast furnaces, the coking plant and its chemical plant are connected by conveyor belts, a charging system and conveyor bridges. In the central part there is a still operational machine production, in the southern part, in turn, several industrial and administrative buildings can be visited.

The site explains iron production in a vivid way. The volunteers begin their virtual tour at the blast furnace and can follow the path along which the raw materials were once transported. The conveyor elevator takes them all the way into the mouth of the furnace, which was once "fed" with iron ore, coke, calcite and other additives. Fearless visitors can even climb up to the top of the tower, from where they can see the whole of Ostrava. As you descend, you can peer into the spooky interior of the furnace, where temperatures exceeded 1,500 degrees Celsius!

The area is a popular meeting place as well as a cultural center today. The highlight of the year is usually the Colours of Ostrava music festival, which is attended by tens of thousands of people. Part of the Dolní oblast Vítkovice industrial site is also the Science Center Small and Big World of Technology with a variety of interactive scientific exhibits.

The Vítkovice Ironworks (Vítkovické železárny) was founded in 1828 in Vítkovice by the Archbishop of Olomouc and Archduke Rudolf as the most modern heavy industry enterprise in Austria-Hungary at that time. Coal mining and iron production as well as iron refining were discontinued almost 160 years later.

Isn't it nice to read that such old industrial objects are still used, get a new purpose - and thus give a lot of joy and are integrated into the everyday life of many...?!
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2021-04-24

FLAGSTACK Virtual World Trip - Stop CZ - 8 of 10

Welcome to the fourth country of the virtual world trip: the Czech Republic! Lednimedvidek demonstrates her tour guide qualities and leads the Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers to a total of 10 highlights on this stopover of the little world tour.

The journey through the Czech Republic today shows a really old relic from the Stone Age to the 8 volunteers: the Venus of Dolní Věstonice. The Venus of Dolní Věstonice is a ceramic Venus figurine. Its age is estimated at 25,000 to 29,000 years and thus assigned to the Gravettian period.

Dolní Věstonice was first excavated in the 1920s - the famous "Venus of Dolní Věstonice" also dates from this period - and later again after the Second World War in 1947-52.

On a grassy slope with a few scattered trees was a small settlement of five huts, partly surrounded by mammoth tusks and other bones. One hut stood 90 meters away from the others. The four huts, which were close together, were supported by wooden posts - similar to tent poles - that sloped slightly toward the center. The hut walls were made of animal skins, which were sewn together, pulled over the wooden posts, and then weighted down on the ground with stones and bones.

Inside the largest hut - about 50 meters long and 20 meters wide - there were five low fireplaces dug into the ground. It is easy to imagine a person sitting on a rock in this relatively comfortable environment, busy making tools. For the work to be done, the person uses a bone as a hammer to hammer thin taps out of a piece of flint. From a distant end of the hut comes a clear, high-pitched sound, similar to the call of a bird. The source may have been a woman blowing into the end of a hollow bone with two or three holes. About 25,000 years later, people will call this instrument the "Flute of Dolni Vestonice".

Inside the separate hut was a fireplace, which was constructed quite differently from those in the other huts. It had an earthen dome above the glowing charcoal layer. This construction represents a kiln used for firing clay - the first kiln ever built. Even at this early stage, the raw material that was fired in the kiln was specially prepared. They didn't just use mud from a riverbank, but mixed it with powdered bones so that the heat was evenly distributed in the kiln and the initial product turned into a new, rock-hard material. This is the first example in the history of human technology of what is now a ubiquitous process - the combination and processing of two or more different materials to obtain a better product than the starting materials alone. It took another 15,000 years for people in what is now Japan to learn to make pots from clay, but the findings from Dolni Vestonice prove that the basics of pottery making had already been invented.

When the remains of the hut with the kiln were first examined in 1951, the sooty floor was littered with fragments of ceramic figurines, mostly animal heads of bears, foxes and lions. But even more fascinating than all the animal figurines and waste on the floor were the finds of human figurines - especially the female ones. Unlike the animal heads, they are not naturalistic, but almost surreal. They have plump breasts and thick buttocks, and their arms and legs are shortened into pointed cones. Perhaps they represented domestic goddesses whose pointed legs were stuck into the ground so they wouldn't fall over while watching over home and hearth. Despite their grotesque proportions, the female figures are aesthetic objects, they radiate something of a grace and dignity, and their stylized plasticity is comparable to sculptures by modern artists.

The famous Venus of Dolni Vestonice is about 11 centimeters high and measures about 4 centimeters at its widest point. It was formed from a lump of clay and fired at a relatively low temperature. The Venus of Dolni Vestonice was discovered on 13 July 1925 in a layer of ashes and had broken apart into two pieces. The figure used to be exhibited in the Moravian National Museum in Brno, but today the original is rarely open to the public. Scientists, however, periodically examine the statuette, for example, by means of a computer tomography in 2004 found the fingerprint of a child or adolescent aged between 7 and 15 years, burned into the surface of the figure.

From the remains of this ancient human community, it is possible to reconstruct a fascinating picture of domestic life in Europe 27,000 years ago. What do you think will still point to our way of life 27,000 years from now? An interesting thought...

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2021-04-22

FLAGSTACK Virtual World Trip - Stop CZ - 7 of 10

Welcome to the fourth country of the virtual world trip: the Czech Republic! Lednimedvidek demonstrates her tour guide qualities and leads the Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers to a total of 10 highlights on this stopover of the little world tour.

The round trip through the Czech Republic leads the 8 volunteers today to Prague to a real classic, the Charles Bridge (Karlův most).

Charles Bridge (Karlův most) is a historically significant bridge built in the 14th century over the Vltava River in Prague, connecting the Old Town with the Lesser Town. It is the oldest preserved bridge over the Vltava River and one of the oldest stone bridges in Europe. The bridge received its current name only in 1870, it is considered a landmark of the city and belongs to the National Cultural Monuments. The coronation route of the Czech kings led across the bridge.

Initially, a ford served as a crossing over the Vltava, probably since the 9th century supplemented by raft traffic. A wooden bridge was first mentioned in the 10th century by the envoy of the Caliph of Cordoba, Ibrahim ibn Yaqub. The wooden bridge was repeatedly damaged and finally destroyed by a flood in 1157 or 1158. Between 1158 and about 1170 the first Prague stone bridge in Romanesque style, the Judith Bridge was built (Juditin most, named after Judith of Thuringia). In 1342 this bridge was also destroyed by the Magdalen flood. Undestroyed was one of the two bridge towers on the Lesser Town, a gate tower (which was later incorporated into the Maltese Monastery) and some piers and bridge arches, which were integrated into residential buildings on the Lesser Town. By the way, the inspiration for the bridge was the Stone Bridge of Regensburg. Until about 1870 the bridge was still called Prague Bridge. It is said that at that time egg yolk was mixed into the mortar to strengthen the bridge's construction. Unlike its predecessor, the Charles Bridge has survived many floods, most recently in August 2002 when the country experienced the worst flood in 500 years - so the egg yolk seems to have been a good idea.

The laying of the foundation stone of Charles Bridge took place in 1357 by Emperor Charles IV on an optimal date calculated by astrologers: on 9 July, the ninth day of the seventh month at 5:31 a.m., so that the date can be represented by a regular sequence of odd numbers: 1-3-5-7-9-7-5-3-1.

When the Charles Bridge was inaugurated, it did not have any decorations. Only gradually sculptures of saints and patrons were placed on top of the bridge piers, starting in 1629 and mainly in the early 18th century. These were created by various sculptor's workshops and are mainly in the Baroque style. Since 1965, the stone figures have been gradually replaced by replicas; the originals go to the Lapidarium of the National Museum.

The towers on both sides of the bridge, which were completed at different times, are impressive.

On the Old Town side, the Old Town Bridge Tower was built between 1370 and 1380 exactly above the first bridge pier in the Gothic style, and its eastern facade has been preserved over the centuries. Here, the coats of arms of all the countries that belonged to the Bohemian Kingdom at the time of the bridge's construction, the coat of arms of the Roman emperor, the coat of arms of the Bohemian king and a kingfisher framed by a veil (a symbol of Wenceslas IV) are carved in sandstone. The tower can be visited and walked around on a viewing floor. Often a historically dressed trumpeter entertains tourists from up there.

The lower of the two towers is the slightly modified intact tower of the Judith Bridge. It is built in Romanesque style on a rectangular ground plan. Preserved decorations from this period are remains of sgraffito, windows, gables and the roof. In 1591 it was rebuilt in Renaissance style. In 1464, on the order of King George of Podiebrad, probably on the site of an older Romanesque tower, the higher Lesser Town Bridge Tower was built. The design was based on the Old Town Bridge Tower standing on the eastern bank. The towers were connected in the 15th century with a crenellated archway.

The bridge is bustling with activity during the day: Musicians play songs and numerous vendors sell souvenirs and art. The evening hours offer a breathtaking view of the fully illuminated Prague Castle against a dark evening sky. If you really want to have the bridge "for yourself", come here late at night or very early in the morning.... Or virtually, like our 8 volunteers :-)

Na shledanou at the next sight! Many greetings

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2021-04-20

FLAGSTACK Virtual World Trip - Stop CZ - 6 of 10

Welcome to the fourth country of the virtual world trip: the Czech Republic! Lednimedvidek demonstrates her tour guide qualities and leads the Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers to a total of 10 highlights on this stopover of the little world tour.

The round trip through the Czech Republic continues and from the State Castle in Telč (Teltsch) today we continue to Kutná Hora (Kuttenberg) to Chrám svaté Barbory, the Cathedral of St. Barbara!

Kutná Hora is one of the most beautiful and historically important Czech towns. Visitors like the 8 volunteers go here mainly to see the main sights - including St. Barbara's Cathedral located right in the heart of the city.

St. Barbara's Cathedral is considered one of the most extraordinary Gothic church buildings in Central Europe. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Its construction was started in 1388, but the building activity was interrupted several times. As a result of the Hussite wars, construction was suspended for more than 60 years until 1482. In 1588, work had to be stopped due to lack of funds. The construction was completed with a temporary intermediate wall. The last phase of construction then followed between 1884 and 1905.

The nave of the church is a five-bay gallery hall. This merges into a chancel with a choir ambulatory, which closes in 15 sides of a 28-corner and externally appears almost rounded. The exterior is dominated by rich buttressing. The unusual layout of the nave is due to a change in the plan under Benedict Ried, who erected pillars above the nave arcades instead of the planned high nave walls of a basilica, thus widening the space. Above the columns rises a unique arched ribbed vault, which blurs the boundaries between individual bays and thus creates a very uniform impression of space. The cathedral did not regain its striking exterior with the three tent roofs until the 19th century. In the course of the neo-Gothic period, the roof, which had been rather plain in the meantime, was replaced by today's construction, which is based on Ried's original plan. In the course of this restoration, the church also received an additional yoke in the west and a new west wall.

The cathedral houses valuable art treasures from various stylistic periods, including an altar by the master of the Trinity Altar, created around 1480, numerous statues and murals, as well as a Gothic choir stall preserved in its original form.

Kutná Hora (Kuttenberg) itself is a town in the region of Central Bohemia with about 20,000 inhabitants. It was founded in the 12th century as a miners' settlement. Towards the end of the 13th century it developed into one of the most lively and prosperous towns in Bohemia. Kutná Hora achieved this through silver mining and the famous minting of Prague Groschen. It was the second largest city in Bohemia after Prague until a large part of Kutná Hora's population was murdered during the Hussite Wars in the 1420s. After that, the town lost much of its importance. Today, the old town of Kutná Hora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Is there still interest in a little history about the name of the town? In 1142, the Cistercian Order founded the Sedletz Monastery, whose lands included the area of today's Kuttenberg. According to the legend, a monk discovered the first silver while working on a vineyard. He marked the spot with his cowl, from which the later name Kuttenberg is said to have originated. More likely is the derivation from the Middle High German word kutta (pit), which refers to mining.

For a virtual day in Kutná Hora, it was quite a lot of information today... There is so much more to see that a trip to Kutná Hora is really worth it for you one day!

Until then, let these short reports lure you virtually into to escape the ordinary...
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2021-04-18

FLAGSTACK Virtual World Trip - Stop CZ - 5 of 10

Welcome to the fourth country of the virtual world trip: the Czech Republic! Lednimedvidek demonstrates her tour guide qualities and leads the Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers to a total of 10 highlights on this stopover of the little world tour.

The round trip through the Czech Republic continues from Karlštejn Castle to a castle: the State Castle in Telč ( Teltsch)!

In the second half of the 14th century, the Lords of Neuhaus built a Gothic castle in Teltsch, a simple L-shaped building with a pronounced defensive character - shielded by walls and moats from all sides, including the town side.
From 1550 Zacharias von Neuhaus lived permanently in Teltsch and had the old castle remodeled and extended with new Renaissance palaces. The first phase of the remodeling was led by the master builder Leopold Estreicher, who came from Zlabings. From this period (1553) the sgraffito decoration in, for example, the Small Dining Hall and the Treasury has been preserved.
Further work was done under the supervision of Italian artists, whom Zacharias invited to Teltsch after his trip to Italy, where he was strongly influenced by Italian Renaissance art.
The completion of the entire design is assigned to Baldassare Maggi from Arogno (Switzerland).
The architectural style is about 30% Gothic; 70% is built in the Renaissance style.

The original condition of most of the rooms was not touched even by the later owners of the castle:
Slavata family of Chlum and Koschumberg 1604 - 1693, von Liechtenstein-Kastelkorn family 1693 - 1762 and Podstatzky-Liechtenstein family 1762 - 1945.
The most remarkable parts of the Teltsch castle are the Renaissance halls with beautiful panel ceilings. In the theater hall the ceiling consists of coffers painted with mascarons (finished in 1556). On the ceiling of the Knight's Hall (1570) are shown Heracles deeds (attributed to Raimund Paul). In the Blue Hall, finished in 1561, we can see the allegory of the four elements personified by Roman gods. The ceiling of the renowned Golden Hall consists of 30 eight-sided coffers with figural woodcuts (1561).

A rare artistic sight is the stucco decoration of the All Saints Chapel (1580) with a marble tombstone at the tomb of Zacharias and Kateřina surrounded by a decoratively sculptured lattice.

Noble, noble, what the 8 Volunteers are allowed to look at here. A little excursion into a fairy tale world of times long past...

Let your imagination run wild with the thought that maybe you would live here in this castle...?!
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2021-04-16

FLAGSTACK Virtual World Trip - Stop CZ - 4 of 10

Welcome to the fourth country of the virtual world trip: the Czech Republic! Lednimedvidek demonstrates her tour guide qualities and leads the Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers to a total of 10 highlights on this stopover of the little world tour.

The trip around the Czech Republic continues from the impressive Prebisch Gate to an imposing castle: Karlštejn Castle (Karlstein)...

Karlštejn Castle occupies a special position among Czech castles. It was built by the Bohemian king and Roman emperor Charles IV to store the royal treasure - a collection of holy relics and the crown jewels. The arrangement of the individual castle buildings from the lower level to the imperial palace and the tower towering over everything is well thought-out and effective.  The castle is located in the village of Karlštejn about 30 km southwest of Prague.

Karlštejn Castle was built in 1365 and stands out from other castles not only because of its beautiful design, but also because of the arrangement of its buildings in stages according to their importance. On the lowest level there is the lower castle with the burgrave's house and the original fountain, higher up is the two-storey imperial palace with the royal bedroom, the chambers for the court and the princesses, on another level there is the Marian tower with prayer rooms, and at the top you can see the magnificent Great Tower, which was intended for the storage of the Czech royal treasure.

The Chapel of the Holy Cross in the Great Tower was of such great importance that Charles IV entered it only barefoot as a sign of his humility and made it safe with three iron doors and nine locks. The chapel served as a treasury for the crown jewels and also held the king's collection of relics.

At Karlštejn Castle, in addition to the beautifully decorated rooms, the 8 Volunteers marvel at copies of the Czech Crown Jewels and the Crown Jewels of the Holy Roman Empire, as well as an 80-meter-deep well, into which the bucket for drawing water was lowered and raised via a scoop wheel. The well was once man-powered. This is one side of the story... Other sources claim that the castle had no natural well at all. Miners dug a shaft to a depth of 80 meters for a castle well, but did not find any water. Due to this, water from the nearby Budňanský potok stream was fed into a cistern. This, of course, would have been a weak point in the event of a siege and was therefore kept secret.

We will find out more insider tips in the next travel report... As you can see, the Czech Republic is an incredibly multifaceted country!
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2021-04-14

FLAGSTACK Virtual World Trip - Stop CZ - 3 of 10

Welcome to the fourth country of the virtual world trip: the Czech Republic! Lednimedvidek demonstrates her tour guide qualities and leads the Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers to a total of 10 highlights on this stopover of the little world tour.

The round trip through the Czech Republic continues from the stone statue Radegast to one of the most outstanding natural monuments of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains... Welcome to the Prebisch Gate!

The Prebisch Gate (Pravčická brána) is located in the Bohemian Switzerland. The slender rock structure is the largest natural sandstone rock bridge in Europe. It has a span of 26.50 m, a clear height of 16 m, a maximum width of 8 m and an archway thickness of 3 m.

In 1826 an inn was built at the Prebisch Gate. In 1881 Prince Edmund of Clary-Aldringen had the hotel "Falcon's Nest" (Sokolí hnízdo) with 50 beds built in its place.

Due to severe erosion caused by visitor traffic, the rock bridge has not been allowed to be entered since 1982. The steel stairs leading up to the gate were dismantled, as well as the railings on the Prebisch Gate. The entire area of the Prebisch Gate has been privately owned since the privatization of the hotel and is accessible during opening hours for an entrance fee.

The Eisenach-Budapest mountain hiking trail runs below the Prebisch Gate. The Prebisch Gate is officially accessible only from the Czech side. It can be reached via a hiking trail from Hřensko (Herrnskretschen) or via the Gabrielensteig trail from Mezní Louka (Rainwiese).

Is the gate somehow familiar to you? Some landscape scenes for the film "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" were taken here. Since it is no longer allowed to enter the Prebisch Gate, the shots in which the actors appear to be walking across the rock bridge were subsequently shot and inserted in the studio. The Prebisch Gate and the lower part of the hotel can also be seen as a backdrop in the film "The Guardian of Truth - Dina's Destiny".

Surprising and exciting, isn't it? Soon we'll continue with the next highlight...
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2021-04-12

FLAGSTACK Virtual World Trip - Stop CZ - 2 of 10

Welcome to the fourth country of the virtual world trip: the Czech Republic! Lednimedvidek demonstrates her tour guide qualities and leads the Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers to a total of 10 highlights on this stopover of the little world tour.

The trip around the Czech Republic continues from the Schneekoppe to something else with interesting height: the statue Radegast on the top of the Radhošť...

Radegast is a pagan deity of war and victory, as well as the god of hospitality and abundance. According to history, the Slavs climbed up to the mountain Radhošť to worship this god. The cult of Radegast was attempted to be supplanted by the two Christian apostles Cyril and Methodius, who erected a cross on Mount Radhošť. The worship of the Radegast was allegedly moved to underground premises of Radhošť. According to a legend, corridors, caves and an underground cathedral can be found there to this day.

The 3.20m statue by Albín Polášek was made of concrete and stoneware rubble in 1929 and originally placed on the top of Radhošt. Its half-human, half-animal shape, as well as the harsh climate, give the mountain an extremely mystical character. Since 1998, a granite copy of the statue has been located on Radhoštěm, while the original is in the town hall of Frenštát pod Radhoštěm.

Radhošť itself is a 1,129 m high, legendary mountain of the Moravian-Silesian Beskids. It is located in Moravian Wallachia, Moravia, and east of the town of Rožnov pod Radhoštěm. On the elongated ridge, Pustevny is home to several wooden mountain huts from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries in imitation Wallachian architecture, already built as a tourist destination. To the west of the ridge, with a view of Rožnov pod Radhoštěm (Roseau under Radhošt) in the valley, there is a small church built in 1898 and dedicated to the Slavic apostles Cyril and Methodius.

Such mystical stories also impress our 8 volunteers, who take a close look at the surroundings and enjoy the view from the summit plateau. Fortunately, the weather is nice, so they can climb the nearby lookout tower and see all the way to Lysá hora (Kahlberg)...

In the evening, as a reward for the mountain hike, there’s another Radegast: This name is also known to beer lovers and the beer with the same name is brewed in the brewery in Nošovice.

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