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Great Blaník Look Out Tower - Czech republic

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Great Blaník Look Out Tower
Locality type: Lookout tower
Continent: Europe
State (country): Czech republic
Place: Benešov district

This look out tower is situated  on a hill known as Velký Blaník (Great Blaník) in an altitude of 638 metres above sea level. The hill is a dominanta of Vlašim outskirts. Originally, it was an idea of Czech Tourist Club from end of 19th century, to construct such type of building.

Nevertheless, in 1895,  Cardinal Schonborn let to built here simple wooden tower, where the visitors had to mount up on ladders. Anyway, the tower became very popular for tourists, however, it was not in operation for long time. In 1936, the construction was torn off, for its very bad stand. In 1943, architect Hanus  proposed new construction. He let to be inspired by appearance of Hussite towers, with shingled roof. Since that time, the look out tower has the same face.

Blaník look out tower is 30 metres high. Its view gallery is placed in height of 24 metres.

When you mount 112 stages, you will be surprised by marvellous round view, you can even see Prague, under favourable weather conditions.

Opening time table:

October - March: on Saturdays and Sundays: 10:00 - 16:00 h

April-September: Tuesdays-Sundays 10:00 - 17:00 h

                            Closed on Mondays.

Text: Lenka Fortinová

Translation: ing. Jan Jonáš

Photo: google.cz


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