Route to Velehrad in Central Europe - The Roots of Slavic Education

Characteristics - Spinal Trail A:

  • route as an instrument to connect the nations of Central Europe
  • pilgrim destination: Velehrad (Czech Republic)
  • scope of Stage I: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Austria, Hungary
  • star-shaped network of routes, used mainly as one-way routes, covering the primary source markets
  • key route of the project in terms of Velehrad's importance in the context of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, as well as in relation to Poland, Hungary, and the dense network of pilgrimage routes in Austria
  • in total, it entails more than 2,300 kilometres of routes

The direction of the route in the Czech Republic is based on that of existing routes to Svatý Kopeček (Olomouc) – Svatý Hostýn – Štípa – VELEHRAD – Svatý Antonínek – Mikulčice – Gbely (Slovakia) – Šaštín (Slovakia). The plan of the route also includes Prague and other places in Bohemia, including connections between Prague and Rome through German and Austrian towns and Milan. In Slovakia, the route uses the pilgrimage routes of Saints Cyril and Methodius to Velehrad already marked from Nitra and Terchová. The northern route is designed to continue from Levoča, while the southern part connects the Šaštín pilgrimage site with Austria and Hungary. The Polish routes provide connections to Velehrad using old routes from Krakow, and then from Częstochowa, the most important pilgrimage site in Poland, but also using the planned routes in the direction from Opole and Wroclaw.

The route is designed with four backbone routes on the Czech territory, corresponding to the four points of the compass and connecting the surrounding states. These routes form part of a flow of people from different directions, allowing pilgrims to reach Velehrad using the easiest pilgrimage route.