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Walloons

One of the first who dared to go to the unknown regions of the Karkonosze Mountains were the Walloons – from what is now Belgium and northern France, medieval seekers of treasures and precious minerals.

 Rysina z “De Re Metallica libri XII” Georgiusa Agricoli

These Romanesque people specialized in identifying and acquiring the riches hidden in the land. The Walloons overcame hard-to-reach, and sometimes still unknown areas – hence the need to give new regions their own geographical names. They often marked their hiking routes with symbols carved on trees or stones, similar to how it is done today in the case of new tourist routes. Moreover, these people persistently protected their secrets by meticulously recording their finds in so-called “conspiracies” – often encrypted notes that would form books over time. Today, the two most famous books are cited above all – the “Book of Wallonia” from 1456 and the “Walloon Book of Trutnov” ten years later. The activity of Walloons, shrouded in mystery and the power of unusual rituals and beliefs, is alive to this day – just like ancient Walloon legends are alive, one of which tells about the hidden passage under Chybotek to a secret treasury with gold and precious stones. The Sudeten Walloon Brotherhood is active in Szklarska Poręba, with its seat in Chata Walońska, located near the Szklarki Waterfall. Here you can mint a coin yourself, or try to find small minerals in the river gravel.

 

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