Šátalka - history


It would probably be tactless to pay attention only to Vestec and not mention her smaller sister Šátalka.

And so I will interrupt the narrative from the Vestec Chronicle for a while and turn my attention to Vienna Street and the houses that line this street. Most of the old inhabitants will remember the Na Šátalce inn, which stood here from time immemorial. However, not many people know about the existence of the post office that used to be located here.

Dr.F.Roubík mentions it in the proceedings of the MV archives "On the development of the postal industry in Bohemia in the 16th to 18th centuries".And so we return to the past, to the historically significant year 1526, when the Habsburgs began to administer the lands of the Bohemian Crown for a long time. The fact that they had to maintain written contact with the capitals of their countries led them to the idea of establishing a regular postal link between the capitals of the Habsburg Commonwealth and Vienna.

Until now, the transport of messages by foot and mounted messengers has been lengthy and complicated. Thanks to the initiative and efforts of members of the noble family of Thurn-Taxis, we can say that the first postal stations in Bohemia can be mentioned as early as 1527. It is known that the first postal stations in Bohemia can be said to have been established as early as 1527. It is known that in 1565 there was a post office in Jesenice. Around 1604, however, the inhabitants of Prague, as owners of the backwater village of Jesenice, did not want to rent a house for a post office in Jesenice to the Prague postmaster Straub. Therefore, the post office was moved to the nearby village of "Wessce" (i.e. Šátalka), where it remained until about 1631. After that it was moved again to Jesenice. And the inn? It has survived for ages and has undergone many changes. It remained in the same place until recently. Eventually, it gave way to the needs of the present day. Today we find a bus station and a car park for used cars.

Throughout its existence, the Na Šátalce Inn has been a mute witness to many remarkable events. So I will just briefly mention that the last innkeeper was V.Polánecký and that after 1953 this building was given a more prosaic mission. It was used for residential purposes and in 1983 it was demolished together with the outbuildings. As you know, the entire length of Šátalka is crossed by an important busy road that has connected important places in our country since ancient times. It is worth mentioning that it was paved with stones from a nearby, now abandoned, quarry, which was located near house No. 111. A few metres from the crossroads there was a small, typically village pond, which slowly lost its characteristic charm and was filled in in the 1980s. Now this area is used for business. The iron radio tower, which rose to a height of 63 m, was also unmissable and could then compete with the Petřín tower. It was located on the road towards Hodkovice and was removed in 1983. However, the idea that there was once an inn on Šátalka is completely beyond our imagination. This would suggest that our ancestors were not far from the forest. The last information is only a fragment of our memories.


Blanka Pašková, chronicler