We parked in the downtown 'square' (actually more of a triangle),
We peer through the locked gates and see above the front door a blue rose of the Rosenbergs, with a white rose above it! This is interesting, as you may remember that the Rosenbergs in Trebon had a red rose, while others elsewhere are different colors.
There is a painting called the "Division of the Roses" in the castle at Cesky Krumlov (see earlier postings; if you visit the castle, take Tour #1 to see the painting) which explains a bit about determining by the color of the rose who originally owned or built a castle in South Bohemia.
"According to legend, Witigo had five sons. He divided his land between them and they founded new castles and estates such as Krumlov, Rožmberk, Jindřichův Hradec, Třeboň - Landštejn, Stráž nad Nežárkou and Sezimovo Ústí. This old legend is depicted in the picture in the Telč Castle and also its copies in Krumlov and Jindřichův Hradec. These show us how Witigo divided the coats of arms, each with a different coloured five-petalled rose, among his sons. The oldest, Jindřich, is given the golden rose on a blue background and is leaving for Jindřichův Hradec. Vítek z Klokot has a silver rose on a red background on his banner and goes to Třeboň. The ancestor of the Lords of Stráž departs with a blue rose on a golden background. Sezima, who was illegitimate, is also leaving for Ústí and carries a banner with a black rose on a golden background. Rožmberk and Krumlov are to be ruled by Vítek with a red rose on a white background."
Source of historical information: http://www.castle.ckrumlov.cz/docs/en/zamek_3nadvori_deleni.xml
So, there you have it...which sector of the Rosenbergs had the blue rose! Thus, we now also know why the village is called Stráž nad Nežárkou....the Lords of Stráž on the River Nežárkou. It all makes sense now!
On the way we pass by a lumber yard that has a 'castle' as the main office! Did you ever see such magnificence for a lumber yard office?!
Here, large patches of anemones (Anemone nemerosa) are in full flower. Absolutely gorgeous!
Now we're headed to the western edge of the village to see something that Mark just discovered on the map....a Jewish cemetery, židovský hřbitov (that we did not even know existed here)! See the future posting on this...the exciting day of discoveries continues!
On the way there, we venture past this old and abandoned industrial complex...wondering what it might have been....a glassworks factory? iron works? We can't read the faded sign on the front...
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