Station 8: Janáčkova Park

Vrkoslavice lies in one of the highest locations of the present Jablonec nad Nisou. The originally autonomous municipality was founded most probably at the end of 16th century, the oldest written mention dates back to 1608.

Among the present architectural sights of Vrkoslavice is a Roman-Catholic church of St. John of Nepomuk which is located close to the station 10 (outside the sightseeing tour route). It was built between 1867 and 1871 on the foundations of an older chapel of 1735.

In the small park above the Vrkoslavice school where we are now standing, a granite World War I memorial was unveiled in 1926 commemorating the numerous war victims. After 1945 it shared the fate of many other memorials: it was turned “upside down” and devoted to the liberators. In 2001, the place was reconstructed, the memorial was returned to its original position and now it bears a plate commemorating the victims of both the world wars.

Only a few tens of metres from here we will find the building of the Vrkoslavice elementary school which was originally built as a German school in 1903. After the foundation of Czechoslovakia, also a school for the Czech children was built in Vrkoslavice; today there is a nursery there.

Next to the elementary school there is yet another memorial. It was unveiled before 1915 and devoted to the founder of the German sports movement F. L. Jahn (1778 – 1852). Later it was changed to the memorial to J. Fučík. In 2005 its surroundings were reconstructed at the municipal cost and since then the granite memorial has been devoted to Vrkoslavice.

The significance of Vrkoslavice increased after 1902 when they were interconnected by electric railway with Janov and Jablonec nad Nisou on one side and the Rychnov railway station on the other. Trams were used in Vrkoslavice until 1965 when they were completely replaced by the current bus transport.

Photogallery - Station 8








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