The Thousand Cellars Trails
discovery walks on the slopes of Starzsa-Hill, Monor, Hungary
The trails are located in the Strázsa Hill Cellar Village (Monor), which is home to nearly 1,000 wine cellars. The trails provide insights into the history of Hungarian wine culture.
The visitors can admire the special features of Strázsa Hill and the local architecture.
"In the last third of the 18th century, the people of Monor stored their wine either in their dwellings or in small cave-like cellars dug into loess walls. This oriental form of storage was later gradually displaced due to the influence of Western European viticulture brought to the area by immigrating catholic serfs.
In Transdanubia at that time, Roman-style press houses were becoming more and more widespread. Meanwhile in Monor, the cave-like cellars were being replaced by peasants' cellars 6 to 7 metres deep, 10 to 15 metres long and, on average, 2.5 metres wide. These, like their predecessors, were dug into the loess.
It was at the beginning of the 19th century that cellar owners began to build huts and later press houses in front of their cellars, this being made necessary by the advent of modern presses at the turn of the century.
The various shapes of press houses reflect the economic circumstances of the time, the architectural culture of their owners, and the functions they fulfilled. They were used to store the press, vats, and other wine-growing tools. They also functioned as temporary lodgings at the time of pruning and harvest. While pressing their grapes after harvest, vineyard owners used to visit one another at their press houses and discuss the of meaning life.
Since the beginning of the 20th century, press houses have become increasingly popular as places for family occasions and friendly get-togethers.
These buildings bring nature, man, and culture together under one roof, which makes them a perfect place for local people and their guests to enjoy good wine."
I thought that I choose a typical image that is representative of the chosen theme. But I made a photo from a grandma and her grandchild. I felt: it's represent the spirit of the place.
The old woman relies on his staff. She is slow, and she looks at the kid, who is running. I think this image expresses the hope in the future.
Here are images appear, showing the typical buildings.
The doors and windows are unique parts of the cellars.
The small details (locks and padlocks) make it interesting of the cellars.
The grape is the basis of the wine. Well-organized plantations are everywhere on the hill.
Faith, hope and confidence protects this place for centuries.
The past and future are simultaneously on the spot.
Both old and new can be found here.
Intimate pathways and original attractions on offer.
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