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Podhoroď, Kultúrny dom
GPS: 48.817735, 22.300086
Trasu odporúčame začať v Podhorode pri Kultúrnom dome, tesne pred kostolom. Je tam veľká plocha na parkovanie. Po zaparkovaní bude trasa viesť po hlavnej ceste, popri kostole. Cesty v týchto kon-činách nie sú príliš frekventované, takže aj na hlavných ťahoch auto stretnete len málokedy. Pokračujte okolo zrúcaniny hradu Tibava smerom na Ruský Hrabovec. Najprv vás čaká stúpanie a následne dlhší zjazd až do dediny.
GPS: 48.855061, 22.352249
V Ruskom Hrabovci prídete až ku dvom kostolom v centre dediny od ktorých sa vrátite pár metrov späť a odbočíte na prvej odbočke doprava, následne pred potokom doľava. Na T križovatke, už za dedinou odbočte doprava a pokračujte na Ruskú Bystrú.
GPS: 48.856958, 22.296812
V Ruskej Bystrej vás tabule dovedú k drevenému kostolíku. Okolo kostola je pekné prostredie na oddych. Vrátite sa cestou poza kostolík späť na hlavnú cestu v dedine a pokračujete smerom do hory. Popri záhradkách sa dostanete až do lesa na zvážnicu ktorá stúpa mierne do kopca, až sa napojí na betónovú cestu lesom. Na tejto križovatke s betónovou cestou pokračujte vľavo. Trasa od tohto bodu väčšinou klesá a preto rýchlo ubehne.
GPS: 48.817735, 22.300086
Na konci lesnej cesty prejdete popri rampe. Napojíte sa tesne pred obcou Podhoroď na hlavnú, po ktorej ste už išli. Odbočte doprava a za chvíľku prídete na začiatok vašej trasy.
A leisure ride through the countryside of Zemplín, far from the hustle and bustle of a big city, and omnipresent peace. If you wish to set out for an easy cycling tour, the micro-region Borolo is the right choice. You will feel the vicinity of borders and tinge of dis-similarity from the very first meeting with local people. If you think that small villages in the most eastern parts of Slovakia can offer to visitors nothing interesting, you are wrong. Tourists travel hundreds, even thousands kilometers to see the precious monuments of this region. And you can see everything outright from the seat of your bike.
It came into existence in the year 2003 and it comprises eleven villages in the northern part of the district Sobrance which is a part of the Schengen border with Ukraine. The following villages belong to the micro-region Borolo: Ruskovce, Horňa, Baškovce, Hlivištia, Choňkovce, Koňuš, Beňatina, Inovce, Podhoroď, Ruský Hrabovec a Ruská Bystrá.
Almost half of the of the area of the micro-region Borolo is covered with woods. The landscape is very diversified, from lowlands to mountainous areas. The highest point is the hill Poprieny at the Slovak-Ukraine border with the height 1,024.5 meters above sea level. The micro-region Borolo ex-tends to the geomorphological unit Vihorlat Hills consisting of three sub-units - Humenské Hills, Vi-horlat a Popriečny.
In the micro-region BOROLO, there are small-scale protected areas – natural reserves and natural monuments. The Protected Bird Area Vihorlat Hills and the area of European importance Morské oko also extend to this locality. In individual villages, there are national cultural monuments and sights.
C: We recommend to start the route in the village Podhoroď, at the House of Culture, close to the church. There is a large area where you can park your car. The route then leads along the main road, beside the church. The roads in this region are not very busy and you will meet a car only oc-casionally. Continue beside ruins of the castle Tibava towards Ruský Hrabovec. After a short ascend, you can enjoy a long downhill ride to two churches in the village Ruský Hrabovec.
The village Podhoroď is located at the eastern edge of Vihorlat Hills. The western part of the lands belonging to the village forms the north-east boundary of the buffer zone of the Protected Land-scape Area Vihorlat. In the cadastral area of the village, there is the natural reserve Lysá.
The village Podhoroď was mentioned for the first time as a settlement under a castle in 1406. The first unofficial reference even claims that the village was settled before the year 1302. Above the village to the north, there is a ruin of the castle built in the 13th century for protection of the trade route and property in the estate Tibava. Therefore, in historical documents, the castle is mentioned as Tibava Castle. The small castle had an oval shape which was predetermined by the land sur-face. In the north-west and south-east directions, it was 40 meters long, and the width achieved 13-15 meters.
Every year, the Festival of Podhoroď is organized in the village and it belongs to the most beautiful folk festivals in the region of Košice. The festival is a multi-genre event in interesting surroundings where the Ukrainian and Ruthenian cultures meet the Slovak culture.
The cadastral area of Ruský Hrabovec is situated in the easternmost part of the region of Zemplín, at the borders with Ukraine, in the north-east part of the district Sobrance. In the past, the village be-longed to the Ung county. It was set up in the 15th century at the place of a settlement which ceased to exist after the Mongol invasion. Since 1567, the village was recorded as Hraboc, later as Oros Hrabovecz (1773) and Ruský Hrabovec (1808).
From among the historically protected structures, there is the Cathedral of the Holy Great Martyr George the Victory-Bearer built in the year 1838 in the baroque and classicist style. There is also a new Orthodox church of St. George from the year 1997.
C: From the churches in the village Ruský Hrabovec, ride back a few meters. At the first divagation, turn right, and then turn left in front of the brook. At the T-crossing beyond the village, turn right and continue towards the village Ruská Bystrá.
RUSKÁ BYSTRÁ and SMALL CHURCH
The village Ruská Bystrá is located in the mountainous surroundings in the south-east part of Vihorlat in the height of about 450 meters above see level, in the area with high degree of environmental protection. The village was recorded in 1405 as Biztra, later as Ruské Bystré (1808) and Ruská Bystrá (1927).
The village is a touristic attraction mainly thanks to the Greek-Catholic Basilica of Transfer of Saint Nicholas Relics. This wooden church has served to worshipers for almost three hundred years. It was built in the beginning of the 18th century and Saint Bishop Nicolas became its patron. The three-section wooden building has a shingle roof and two towers. One of them is situated to the west and the second, much smaller, to the east. The ornate baroque iconostasis and altar are from the first half of the 18th century. In the church, there are several precious icons, some of them are even older than the church. Some time ago, both the interior and exterior were completely renewed. In Ruské Bystré, divine liturgies take place regularly on Sundays. In 1968, the church was declared the nation-al cultural monument and in 2008, it was included into the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.
Wooden churches belong to the most precious treasures and jewels of art and religion in Slovakia. These buildings are unique in terms of their architecture and sacral character. These works of art radiate strength, wisdom and skills of the craftsmen mainly from the region of east Slovakia.
C: In Ruská Bystrá, direction boards will lead you to the wooden church. The surroundings of the church offer pleasant places where you can rest. Along the pathway beyond the church, return to the main road in the village and continue towards the forest. Ride alongside the gardens and you will get to a broad forest road which slightly rises up to the hill and then connects to a concrete road through the forest. At this crossing, continue to the left. From this point, the route will mostly de-scend and so you will pass it quickly. In the end, closely to the village Podhoroď, it will connect to the main road you have already been on. Turn right and after a while, you will get to the starting point of your tour.
Accommodation and restaurant:
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