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Blatná Water Ditch

 

Category: Technical Monuments Region: Krušné hory – Ore Mountains Town: Horní Blatná

 

At the beginning of the 16th century, ore extraction in Krušné hory (Ore Mountains) was not possible without water. Therefore, mine owners from Horní Blatná encharged builder Štěpán Lenk with the construction of a 12-kilometre long water ditch, through which water was brought to supply mining and metallurgical operations in Horní Blatná from the river-basin area of the Černá (Black) River near Boží Dar. In its time, it was considered a unique technical project.

The water ditch winds along the peaks of Krušné hory (Ore Mountains) at an elevation ranging from 945 to 975 metres above sea level. It starts at the peat bogs at Boží Dar, continues through Ryžovna and Bludná, and on the northern side of Blatenský vrch (Blatná Hill), it makes a turn and descends towards Horní Blatná. Its completion brought about a truly boisterous boom of mining in the area of Horní Blatná, as well as in the territory along the whole waterwork.

In 1980, the Blatná Water Ditch was declared a technical cultural monument. Presently, it underwent extensive reconstruction and a themed nature trail was created along its route. The trail begins approximately 1.5 km above Boží Dar and ends near Horní Blatná.

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