In February, I managed to enrich the portal with 78 more castles, churches and monasteries from the Czech Republic. Among the older, already placed monuments I have improved and enriched with new graphic castles in Koło, Ząbkowice Śląskie, Barciany, Lidzbark Warmiński, Oleśnica, Kurozwęki, Brzeg, Jawor, Lubawa, Podgrodzie, Majkowice, Bodzentyń, Chęciny, Iłża, Nowy Korczyn, Pińczów, Kruszwica, Strzelce Opolskie, Grodziec, Papowo Biskupie, churches in Dąbrówka, Pelpin, Tczew, town walls in Toruń, Głogów, Jawor and Wrocław. Smaller corrections and additions were made to the monuments in Tematín, Szydłów, Tudorów, Rytwiany, Tarnów, Sandomierz, Rembów, Mokrsko Górne, Borysławice, Bolesławiec Śląski, Kłodzko, Ząbkowice Śląskie (walls) and Gniew (church) and most castles from the area of Moravia.
During the January work on the site, 83 new monuments from the Czech Republic were added (so far only in Polish) and the bibliography was added at the end of each of the described monuments. Among the older, already placed monuments I have improved, completed and enriched with new graphic castles in Gołańcz, Radom, Niepołomice, Babice, Korzkiew, Inowłódz, Sieradz and Lublin. Smaller fixes and single new plans and graphics were added on over 15 different monuments from the areas of Wales, Slovakia, Poland (including Divici Kamen, Lębork, Olsztyn in Warmia, Kwidzyn, Frombork, Cachtice, Prabuty, or the castle in Gdańsk).
I am proud to announce that during the third birthday of PATRONITE, the medievalheritage.eu portal was awarded by the Digital Polish Association!
After I recovered from shock and surprise, I came to the conclusion that it is also a special honor for you Patrons. Thanks to your support on patronite.pl and a good word I have even more motivation to develop, improve and boost medievalheritage.eu 🙂
On the occasion of paying for servers and the domain of medievalheritage.eu for 2018/2019 and the anniversary of the website in the internet, I would like to thank everyone who supported the project financially: Michał Szynkiewicz, Aga Bargieł, Neil Wilkins, MJG Artist, J. Konrad, D.A. Kaczmarek, J.A.Galiński, 1708eliza, Bartek Elem Sokołowski, Zofia Kusztal, Rox S and Maniek De THANKS A LOT!!!
And now a few statistics 😀
For a year, the website received 25 412 entries and 88 304 views of individual pages by users from 118 countries, the record of the day fell on November 5, when it was 300 sessions. 😁 The results may not be impressive but the most important that that the trend is constantly increasing, which gives me the strength to continue working.
I added a lot of new places from Poland, they are mainly gothic churches from Lubusz land, Silesia, Lesser Poland, Mazovia, Pomerania and Warmia (Bożewo, Byszwałd, Garbno, Gaworzyce, Gołymin, Iwkowa, Kazanice, Kożuchów, Lubsko, Sampława, Sobótka, Stare Bielsko, Syców, Szreńsk, Ścinawa, Wińsko, Wojtaszyce, Wola Radziszowska, Wołów, Wrocław – St. Barbara’s church), a castle in Bochnia, the town walls of Lubsko, important in Middle Ages monasteries in Henryków and Kamieniec Ząbkowicki, and unique even in a European scale, monuments in Biskupice Radłowskie (border pillar from the 15th century) and the 16th century belfry in Wojnicz. The latter is an amazing example of a timber pole construction, used since the early Middle Ages. In addition, I supplemented with new plans and descriptions many older places from the areas of Upper Silesia, Małopolska and Mazovia.
Unfortunately, recently the plug-in responsible for the rating of monuments by readers has been broken and I am not sure if it will be possible to fix it. To cheer I add that without that plug-in, the page loads noticeably faster. I have also recently improved the way images are displayed, so that they appear now faster after clicking on them.
Recently, I have edited most Slovak castles, developed and improved descriptions, and especially added a lot of new plans and reconstructions. I have also added new places: the castles Blh, Bodoň, Braničev, Brzotín, Čierna Lehota, Dračí Hrádok, Drienok, Marcelov Hrad in Hrabušice, Jelšava, Kuchyňa, Kysak, Obišovce, Rákoš, Šebeš, Šintava, Skároš, Širkovce (Kapla), Sokoľ, Sučany and the cathedral and town walls in Trnava. Descriptions would certainly be more comprehensive if not my ignorance of the Czech and Slovak language and the need to use translators.
The castles of southern Małopolska region have been similarly re-written (for example Rytro, Szaflary, Nowy Sącz, Nidzica, Czorsztyn, Tropsztyn, Muszyna, Czchów, and Roźnów). Of new monuments in Poland, I added a castle in Nowy Korczyn, Trzewlin and Chrostowa. People using mobile devices should be interested in the information that I have improved the indexes, so that the names of places should no longer be breaking on phones.
Since the completion of works on Welsh monuments, I have supplemented, improved and enriched of about a hundred new plans and reconstructions, as well as a lot of new photos, many places from Poland (including Siedlęcin, Wąbrzeźno, Grudziądz, Golub, Milicz, Jelcz, Gniewoszów, Rogóźno, Bierzgłowo, Chojna, Owiesno, Bolczów, Sławków, Olkusz, Jawor, Racławice, Grodziec, Ciechanów), I also added some new monuments (Ujazd, Panków, Gościszów, Osiek Jasielski, and Stolec). There is also ready a map of monuments from the Czech area. For details and new informations, also check the medievalheritage.eu profile on facebook.
On the patreon.com website, I started collecting for maintenance of medievalheritage.eu servers for the next year. Patreon is a page connecting authors with people who want to support their passion not only with a good word, but also financially. Patrons pay regular or one-off sums to the authors account, and they can use them for business needs. Authors gain the opportunity to develop, and Patrons – access to prizes, as well as the invaluable awareness of real support for the passion of others!
If you are the owner of a company, organization, etc., you can use donations (payments from 2 $ and above) as an element of advertisement of your business. Currently, the number of visits to the site medievalheritage.eu oscillates around 100-140 per day.
You can go to the patroneum website HERE
I finished work on monuments from the area of Wales, altogether more than three hundred castles, monasteries, abbeys, churches, neolithic burial chambers and many more appeared on the site. I invite you to familiarize yourself with such wonderful monuments as castles in Caernarfon, Pembroke, or Chepstow, the Roman fort of Venta Silurium (Caerwent), the burial chamber of Bryn Celli Ddu or the medieval bishop’s palaces in St Davids and Llandew.
I enriched monuments on medievalheritage.eu from the area of Gdańsk with about a hundred of new photos, interested in brick gothic should find something interesting for themselves, because in spite of the massive destruction from the last war, Gdańsk still boasts a significant medieval architectural heritage. Recently, I have also developed and supplemented descriptions for many Teutonic castles, among others in Brodnica, Człuchów, Elbląg, Gdańsk, Grudziądz, Bierzgłowo, Pokrzywno, Barciany, or Świecie nad Wisłą. Interested are invited.