Slavic Settlement Mikulcice
Written by Nikola Vachalova
Slavic Fortified Settlement in Mikulcice is an early medieval Great Moravian fortified settlement that is considered to be the largest uniquely preserved Slavic archaeological site in the Czech Republic. The castle in Mikulcice-situated in south Moravia near Hodonin town was a prominent religious place and cultural centre at the time of Great Moravia. There are several excavations that have been discovered over the past years. There was a set of valuable objects such as jewellery, weapons, riding equipment and also objects of clerical and secular needs that have been discovered by archaeologists between years 1954-1992. It is interesting to emphasise other important discoveries which have been made from 2006 to 2008. Many visitors of this place are also attracted by two permanent expositions that come from the 7th and 9th century. They provide general information about the results of archaeological research in Mikulcice and history of the castle. The castle itself is surrounded by beautiful nature and there is a possibility to visit a reserve called Skariny- one of the last meadow forests preserved in south Moravia. This extraordinary link between a historical sight and beauty of surrounding nature creates a very pleasing atmosphere and is also the main reason why so many visitors come to see this place so frequently. Moreover, there is a rich cultural program that is offered not only to adults but there are also many interesting activities for children, mainly some educational programs that are designed to provide basic knowledge about history of this place to children in a funny and captivating way. Except these education-based events, children can also participate in various theatre performances, mainly of fairytales or puppet theatre. The location has been ranked among the National Cultural Sights and is also under the protection of National Historic Preservation. Moreover, it has been nominated to the registration to the list of World Cultural Heritage UNESCO several times but the nomination has unfortunately never been accepted. Even if the attempts were unsuccessful, this destination still remains one of the most captivating places in south Moravia.
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