Deblín and Lažánky
The first notice about the parish St. Nicholas’s church in Deblín dates from 1294 which lost its old character after an extensive reconstruction works according to the project of Moritz Grimm in 1746. A few Romanesque portals can be seen still today. There are remarkable tombstones from the the 16th century and precious organ from the 18th century which comes from the abolished St. Nicholas’s church on the Svoboda square in Brno.
The parish Ascension church in Svatoslav has the Romanesque-Gothic core from the second half of the 13th century. The church has been rebuilt many times, the present day form dates from 1886. There are ancient bells from the end of the 15th century in the belfry.
Limestone has been mined for in the environs of Tišnov and Lažánky since very old times. The village Lažánky has this old, no longer used quarry in its coat of arms.
When you go to Deblín from Tišnov, you follow the river Závitka and you go uphill all the time before you reach the village. The ancient church in Deblín is situated at the same altitude as the top of the Hill Květnice! Since mid-13th century there was a castle of the once influential Moravian aristocrats, Lords of Deblín who became rich due to the silver mines they owned. The castle stopped existing already during the Thirty Years’ War, its walls were taken apart and the stones used for construction of houses in the surroundings. Besides St. Nicholas’s church there is the Empire style gamekeeper’s lodge dating from the beginning of the 19th century set on the crossroads southwest of the village, which is another important historic building in Deblín.
The brook Bílý potok flows through a deep and partly rocky valley south of Maršov and Lažánky. This is a holiday area with a pub set in a very attractive place called Šmelcovna where the ores mined for in the near surroundings were processed and melt. Each year the hikers and holidaymakers celebrate the opening of the holiday season there at the end of March. They welcome spring as the poet Petr Bezruč did who liked to go to this place at the beginning of the 20th century together with his merry friends from the hiker’s club called „Noha – Foot“.
The overgrown deserted quarry near the limekiln in Lažánky
It is exactly this ancient gamekeeper’s lodge standing on the edge of woods and fields that symbolizes the contrasts inherent in this country. Hills with broad shoulders in the environs of Deblín, Svatoslav, Úsuší, Braníškov, Maršov and Lažánky are mostly used as arable land; however just beneath these fields on the mountain ridges and hills there is quite a large area of deep forests with different types of trees. The woods near Deblín are mostly made up of firs and it is a paradise for mushroom pickers. The wooded area near Tichanov consists of more mixed forests, often made up of deciduous trees which have quite a big population of game. The protected rest of the old beech forest officially called Slunná, known rather as „the primaeval forest in Lažánky“, can almost match the beauty of one of the Carpathian beech woods. This is partly a limestone area (especially the surroundings of the Maršov valley) which has also some remarkable karstic features including a subterranean brook. Some other villages in the environs of Deblín are also surrounded by beautiful patches of wooded countryside, such as Pejškov, Vohančice, Žernůvka, Čížky, Nelepeč.
In a large wooded area called Tichanov between Lažánky and Heroltice there is a primaeval rest of woods with beeches and lime trees, protected as a part of the nature reserve Slunná.
Halfway on the road between Maršov and Lažánky there is a wide, a few dozens of metres deep hollow of a deserted kaolin mine. Kaolin was mined here for from1906 to 1932 and the clay was transported by a cable railway for further treatment to Veverská Bítýška. When the mining was stopped, the mine was flooded with water and it was called „sea eye“ due to its blue colour. Even though the water is not as blue as it was earlier, the place remains an attractive swimming pool in beautiful surrounding often visited by many people.
The valley of the brook Bílý potok is a charming place on the south border of the Tišnov region. This is a romantic valley declared nature reserve which attracted a lot of hikers and tourists from Brno in the time between the wars and lot of people come to see this place even today. Old mills, streams with rapids, rocky hills with old mining tunnels left after the mining of various ores, meadows with flowers and mixed woods create a relaxing and restful atmosphere.
From high summer to late autumn the flowers of the cyclamen (Cyclamen purpurascens) decorate the deciduous woods especially in the south part of the Tišnov region. One of the northernmost places in Europe where this rare and protected species grows is near Jahodná between Štěpánovice and Brusná.