Uprka´s Path (26 km)
The starting point is the town of
Strážnice. The route begins at the
museum and then we follow the red marking in direction of
Tvarožná Lhota. We pass the Důbrava
manor where Antoš Frolka lived. From Tvarožná Lhota we go along the
motorway to Kněždub
(Museum of Brothers Uprka, Pantheon of Moravian Slovakia). From
Kněždub, we ride a bike along the motorway to
Hroznová Lhota (Benedík´s
earthenware, Pavlica´s manufacture of thatches)
We can also visit the village of Tasov
and the house No. 52 with a porch (landmark).
The tour to the Radošov hill: from Hroznová Lhota along a field path
(blue tourist marking) up hills. The hill offers wonderful sight of the
landscape along the Morava River. Then we go down hills among
vineyards (the entrance prohibited during vintage) to a chapel and back to
From Hroznová Lhota we go on to Kozojídky
(the house of painter K. Benedík) and then through
Žeraviny on a panel road to Kněždub.
We pass Tvarožná Lhota and return to Strážnice.
In Kněždub, Joža Uprka, the most
famous painter of the Slovácko region, was born in 1861.
His works mirrored his native land with all its habits, traditions,
festivals and everyday life of local people. He admired the beauty of folk
Uprka bought a small house in Hroznová Lhota as a studio. Later, he
reconstructed it to a villa according to the design of architect Dušan
Jurkovič. Besides many interesting people who used to meet here, the famous
French sculptor August Rodin visited Hroznová Lhota in spring 1902.
Joža Uprka died in Hroznová Lhota in 1940 and he is buried at the Pantheon
of Moravian- Slovakia ( Slovácko region) in his native Kněždub.
The native house of Joža Uprka was reconstructed in 2004 and the Museum
of Brothers Uprka was opened here.
Sculptor František Úprka (1868 - 1929), Joža´s younger brother, studied
modelling in Prague. He was also known as an excellent singer and dancer.
Another local painter was Antoš Frolka (1877 - 1935), first the pupil
of Joža Uprka, who studied graphic art in Munich and Vienna later. Frolka´s
paintings have high artistic and documenting value. His family lived in
Tasov and at the Dúbrava manor between Tvarožná Lhota and Strážnice.
Thatch-maker and ceramist
Lhota, František Pavlica manufactures thatched roofing. With his
straw thatches, he covers the roofs mainly in the open-air museums or on
small garden buildings. Beside this handicraft, he is a painter. We can
visit also the ceramic workshop of Josef Benedík who follows the
traditions of local decorated ceramics but uses modern patterns and shapes.