Dušan Jurkovič – the Poet of Wood

Jiraskova Chata

Jiráskova Chata in Dobrošov

Dušan Jurkovič  was a famous Slovak architect and ethnographer from the turn of the 19th and 20th century. He was a creator of unique architecture style that was strongly influenced by folk motives. Many of his works involved wood creations - he is referred to be "the poet of the wood". He was creating objects with great attention to detail and perfectly matching the landscape, like mountain hostels, private villas, war graves units and many others.

This versatile artist has created timeless architectural works that became famous landmarks. You can find this masterpieces in the territory of Czech Republic, Slovakia and also Poland.

Our first meeting with Dušan Jurkovič architecture was in the Hradec Králové Region, in the area located very close to the Polish border. In this mountainous neighborhood you can find some of his fairy tale buildings.

Definitely, worth visiting is a place called Peklo, located in a deep valley ("peklo" translates as "hell"). There is a former mill that Jurkovič rebuilt into a restaurant for tourists in 1908-1910. A few kilometers from that place, in Dobrošov village, you can find a lovely mountain hostel Jiráskova Chata built in the years 1921-1924. It is a well known spatial dominant of the area. From the top of the tower you can admire the surroundings.

To be continued.

And remember... Dušan Jurkovič is definitely worth a trip to Hell!


Restaurant for tourists in Peklo