Cyril and Methodius Route – Cultural Route of the Council of Europe

Mezivodí - Pustevny

Libušín and Maměnka shelters

Near the top station of the cable car from Trojanovice to Pustevny there is a picturesque mountain cottage Maměnka, Libušín was destroyed by fire in March 2014, after a long reconstruction it opened in July 2020. The buildings were designed by architect Dušan Jurkovič in the style of folk architecture of Wallachia and Kysuce. The hermitages are dominated by wooden buildings built in the folk style by the prominent Slovak architect Dušan Jurkovič. Both buildings were managed by the Wallachian Museum of Nature in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm, which operated a stylish restaurant and hotel here. The Pusteven area is a National Cultural Monument.

However, one of them – the famous Libušín – was destroyed by a devastating fire on 3 March 2014. The interior of Libušín was decorated by the Czech painter Mikoláš Aleš, who took his interest in Wallachia from the Czechoslovak Ethnographic Exhibition held in Prague in 1895. The interiors of Libušín were painted by the academic painter Karel Štapfer based on Alš’s drawings of the robbers Ondráš and Juráš, the portent Stavinoha and the god Radegast. However, the interior of the dining room was completely destroyed by fire and the roof collapsed. Since 2016, a costly reconstruction has been underway, to which the public has also contributed a great deal in the form of a public collection. The rebuilt Libušín opened on 30 July 2020.

The new Libušín was built as a scientific reconstruction, i.e. using original technologies. Traditional handicraft procedures were followed in all repairs, using original materials and technologies. The cottage is truly built by hand as Jurkovič built it. The craftsmen had to learn to do their work by hand and there is a practical reason for this. For example, a hand-planed plank can withstand the weather for decades more than a plank that has been worked with a planer. 
The wood for the building was cut in the winter when the trees have the least water and at the same elevation as the Hermitage to withstand the local conditions. One beam was carved from each fir tree donated by the Forests of the Czech Republic for the construction. The new ones supplemented the original ones, of which only a minimum could be preserved.