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Journey to General Patton or around Dýšina

Journey to General Patton or around Dýšina

March 2020 · 4 min read · Southwest

Yesterday I took a few hours off for a small walk. I started by city bus No. 53 to Červený Hrádek.
Yes, the local house of culture became the scene of the famous speech of the secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party M. Jakeš in 1989. Like a stake in a fence ...
I have already here wrote about it.
Anyway, I took a bus up to the late 19th century chapel of Saints Simon and Jude.

From Červený Hrádek I will follow the road to the village of Dýšiná, my destination today.
The weather wishes me so far, it does not rain and in some places the sun shines.
I pass repaired country houses with large gates.

Unfortunately I miss even those unrepaired ...


At the end of the castle I stand for a while with this cross. Apart from the religious value, such small monuments illustrate our landscape and form important landmarks.
They still need to be protected today.


After a few hundred meters of gentle climb, I pass a mysterious property owned by the police and a view of the Ejpovicko landscape opens up. I will take a look at the former lumps, now an industrial park, where more companies operate, namely the production of beverage cans.


Something glistens in the bushes at the crossroads. Let's take a closer look. Yes, it is an endangered species of our landscape. Luckily endangered. Classic vacuum screen with electron gun type trinitron.
Thirty years ago it was the pinnacle of technology. Now it's just waste ...

After an hour of travel, I find myself in Dýšina. Smaller village with two thousand inhabitants in the district Pilsen - City.
The first monument we will see here is the three-nave church of the Holy Trinity and the Holy Apostles Simon and Judah Tadeáš.
The church was consecrated in 1358 and in 1727 partially rebuilt in the Baroque style according to the design of the architect Jakub Auguston.
It is surrounded by a large and still functional cemetery, which is quite unusual in the village center.
The church has a front with a pair of towers.

According to the design of J. Auguston in the eighteenth century was built under the church and rectory.


Let's take a look at the church from the main road. At the beginning of the staircase we can find statues of saints. Here st. Barbora.


And beside it, one of the most widespread Czech saints, St. John of Nepomuk. I will take a picture for Mr. Dvořák, chairman of the Czech Tourist Club in Nepomuk, who creates a web gallery with this saint.


One last, general view of a nice church ...

And let's go to the rectory. In the village of Dýšiná we can find thirteen ceramic stops of the Way of the Cross. This is a modern event in which local residents placed them on their fences and facades of their houses. The location is quite chaotic, but according to the maps on the server we can trace them well.

Here is the first stop at the vicarage gate - Jesus is judged by Pilate.


In the village we can also find rural farmhouses, typical of Pilsen. This one's right on the square.

On the square we can also find a monument of the first Czechoslovak president, Tomáš G. Masaryk.

I still have an hour to leave the bus, so I walk around the village. I'll start with Friendship Street.

And here we have another Stations of the Cross. Twelfth. Jesus is dying on the cross.

Next stop can be found near the "pastel" fence.

My next steps go to the local school. I notice a small coltsfoot flower. One of the first messengers of spring is here.

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In front of the local school we find a memorial with a statue of the American General G. S. Patton, the liberator of the Pilsen region from 1945.

This sculpture is the work of sculptor Jaroslav Bocker from 2005. The sculpture is bound by a case, a dispute with the city of Pilsen, where the statue was originally to stand. Instead, however, there is a steel abstract relief in the center and Dýšiná took the realistic statues.
You can read about the whole case here.


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And what monument stands in his place in Pilsen? You can read this here.

Anyway, the character of this great general deserves to be remembered.

My trip to Dýšina is over. I will be on bus no. 53.
See you again, General!
I greet your grandson in a few months in Pilsen ...

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