In Prague you can come across an intriguing open-air museum that imitates a medieval village. The Řepora Open-Air Museum can be found in the southwest part of Prague. This medieval village was built as a replica of a fourteenth-century village and allows visitors to get acquainted with the kind of environment that surrounded people under the reigns of Charles IV and Wenceslas IV.
No modern technologies, only natural materials were used during the construction of the open-air museum, and the construction procedures used were the same as those actually used in the 14th century. The village, whose construction started in 1999, is surrounded with a wooden palisade and you enter it through a gate with towers. In the village you can visit a medieval tavern, a farmer's house, potter's house, as well as the gallows and many other interesting sites and houses. The settlement does not lack life, on the contrary, you can meet farm animals such as sheep and goats here, while in the lakes there are several kinds of fish and also crawfish, in addition to the people representing the original inhabitants.
If you are lucky, there will be a cultural event such as a swordplay tournament or a musical performance while you are there. If you decide to visit the Řepora Open-Air Museum, we recommend taking the metro B line to the Stodůlky metro station, from where it is only a walk of a few minutes to reach the museum. There is no possibility for parking in the premises of the village and the path leading to it is not suitable for cars.References:
The Château Comtal (Count’s Castle) is a medieval castle within the Cité of Carcassonne, the largest city in Europe with its city walls still intact. The Château Comtal has a strong claim to be called a 'Cathar Castle'. When the Catholic Crusader army arrived in 1209 they first attacked Raymond-Roger Trencavel's castrum at Bèziers and then moved on to his main stronghold at Carcassonne.
The castle with rectangular shape is separated from the city by a deep ditch and defended by two barbicans. There are six towers curtain walls.
The castle was restored in 1853 by the architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc. It was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1997.