At first glance, it is simply a mountain glade through which a stream flows. A site like hundreds of others. However, this meadow beyond Hrčava, a village hidden in the dense forests of Silesian Beskydy Mountains, hides a very unique place. Here, the borders of the three neighboring countries, namely Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia meet.
The precise place where the borders meet lies in the bed of the stream and can be seen from the wooden bridge that connects the Czech and Slovak side. A boundary marker stone is situated in a small gorge. On each of the three sides there is a noble six-foot granite monolith with symbols of the country. If the weather is not favourable, you can sit in gazebos with a fireplace. Trojmezí is a place where residents of three neighboring villages regularly meet.
The journey from the Czech side, ie from Hrčava, leads from the wooden houses of the village which is situated on a plateau formed by meadows and fields. From Poland to the border area, people go from the village of Jaworzynka and from Slovakia there is a steep footpath from the village of Čierne which lies deep in the valley of the river Kysuce.
Hrčava was originally a defensive fortress from the 17th century, meant to protect Hungry from Silesia. Today, on the forest road between Hrčava and Jaworzynka, there is an old customs office that used to protect the border from smugglers.
Hrčava is adjacent to the village of Bukovec, which is the easternmost point of the Czech Republic. On the way to the border area, you can not overlook the wooden church of the Saints Cyril and Methodius, which is the youngest wooden church in the Region. In the woods near the church, you may find the hidden Lourdes grotto with healing water.
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