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Water Hammer Mill at Dobřív / Jindřich Mošna Memorial Hall

Water Hammer Mill at Dobřív / Jindřich Mošna Memorial Hall


Closed by the end of 2019 for extensive revitalization works.

Water Hammer Mill

The Water Hammer Mill at Dobřív is the biggest and most important monument of its kind in the Czech Republic. The present brick building was constructed at the beginning of the 19th century in the place of older wooden hammermills from 1658 and 1701. The rich machinery is dated back to the 19th century. Originally, the hammer mill was used to refine blast-furnace raw iron and to produce bar forgings. After the development of later steel industry technologies, the hammer mill changed over to production of heavy forged tools in the late 1860s. In the second half of the 20th century, the production was stopped in the hammermill and in the ironworks beneath it. The hammermill became a museum exposition to document the old ways of industrial production.

Jindřich Mošna Memorial Hall

The exposition dedicated to Mošna’s life and work was installed in 2005 in the house where the family of Mošna’s wife lived.

In his time (born on 1 August 1837 in Prague, died on 6 May 1911 in Prague), Jindřich Mošna was one of the leading actors of the National Theatre in both character and comedian roles. His work culminated in rendering tragicomic figures, to which he was predestined by his appearance and small stature. During his work in the theatre, he rendered more than 500 figures, making his indelible mark in the history of the Czech dramatic art as Harpagon in The Miser, Vocílka in Strakonický dudák (The Strakonice Piper), or the Principal in the Bartered Bride. Jindřich Mošna got married with Josefína Jedličková, daughter of an innkeeper and butcher at Dobřív No. 48 (today’s Stará hospoda (Old Pub)). Mošna often returned to Dobřív to draw new strength and inspiration for his theatre work and, occasionally, to take part in a play with the local amateur actors. His neighbours in Dobřív became models for his theatre figures, and he studied their manners, relations, and customs. Thus, all the figures rendered by him showed the imprints of the purely Czech characters.


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    Closed by the end of 2019 for extensive revitalization works.

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    Tuesday - Sunday 

    Monday is a closing time
    (except for the national holidays)

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