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Hillfort
Mesciská-Pružina

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Hillfort Mesciská

The hillfort is famous for its mass find of iron objects, which belongs to the advanced Great Moravian period from the second half of the 9th century. There are two separate settlements in close proximity to the settlement of Riedka, where a number of sherds from the Great Moravian period, as well as from the Púchov culture, have been found. The name of the hillfort probably comes from the designation “two great towns” (settlements), because they are two fortified settlements built over the confluence of the White and Strážovský brooks. You will find here distinctive and well-preserved ramparts.

It is a fortification of a rocky limestone promontory at the confluence of the Mojtínský and Strážovský brook, on which the Riedka solitude is situated. It takes the form of two closed ramparts separated by a deeper ravine. The terrain is about 20-25 metres above the level of the streams. The inner area is covered in a small part by forest and mostly by meadows. According to the explorers’ survey, the castle system covers an area of about 2.6 ha (2.03+0.58 ha). Distinctive and well-preserved mounds are located on the edges of the plateau above the steep slopes. The southern rampart of the larger fortification is of monumental proportions.

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Information from history

HISTORY OF THE HILLFORT

The name is probably derived from the word "city"- dialectally "two great cities" = mescisca, in our case two settlements, hillforts next to each other.

Where to get tourist information?

Contacts

Na Velehradě jsou dvě informační centra, kde mohou turisté a návštěvníci získat informace o prohlídkách, akcích, výstavách a dalších aktivitách, které v obci dějí.

Municipality Pružina

Municipal Authority 415, 018 22 Pružina,
tel. +421/42/4358739
e-mail: starosta@pruzina.eu
web: www.pruzina.eu

Farský úrad Pružina

Pružina 717, 018 22 Pružina,
tel. +421 042/435 8722
e-mail: pruzina@fara.sk
web: pruzina.fara.sk

How to get to hillfort?

The hillfort is located on a promontory of the Svrčinovec hill immediately above the village of Riedka at the confluence of the Strážovský and White brooks. The hillfort is easily accessible and suitable for trips with children. By car you can reach the village of Riedka, from where it is only a short walk. There is an information board at the turn from the asphalt road to the forest path leading to the hill fort complex.

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