A macabre sight awaits hikers exploring the pine forest above the village of Želízy in Protected Landscape Area Kokořínsko in Czech Republic: two enormous demonic faces carved into sandstone blocks, who stare visitors with their empty eyes.
Created by Vaclav Levy (1820/1870), the sculptor founder of modern Czech sculpture, in the mid 1800s, the about 9 meters tall stone heads are known locally as Čertovy hlavy or the “The Devil Heads” and have been a local attraction for generations, while other carvings by the artist including artificial caves and scenes inspired by fairy tales adorn other nearby rock faces.
Now suffering slightly from the ravages of time and weather, but especially by the human habit of climbing on them. The faces have grown less distinct over time, but no less disturbing.
Author’s note: Devil’s heads are freely accessible along the blue tourist trail from the municipal office in Želízy. You can see it from the street.