River Smutná - Czech republic

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This river sources in Vlašim Highlands in southern direction of Prčice in an altitude of 640 m of sea level.
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Bechyně
Published: 19.7.2008
The town of Bechyně is situated in South Bohemia along Lužnice-river. It has nearly 6000 inhabitants, and it is known as a spa. Its ceramic production is popular as well. Historical nucleus of town is very well preserved, and, since 1990, it presents one of most valuable monument zones in Bohemia.

Church of Sts. MatthewHistory

Bechyně belongs to oldest towns in Bohemia. First notice is mentioned in 993. This local dominion was in possession of Prague Bishops till 1268. In this period, King Přemysl Otakar II. bought the town and founded King´s castle here. The town was established later, by King Jan Lucembursky, in 1323.

Nevertheless, the most important owners were Sternberg Parentage, and Peter Vok of Rosenberg, later, in 16th century. At that time, the Gothic castle was changed to Renaissance chateau.                  

Places of interests - monuments

Bechyně castle is open for public. Local expositions presents mainly most important dominion owner - Peter Vok of Rosenberg. Monastery church of Virgin Mary was built in 1491. In its interiors, you find tombs of owners of Bechyně dominion. Local spa, the tradition of which comes to the middle of 17th century. Its specialisation is: healing and re-condition of moving organismus, with use of natural healing source, peat-bogs from neighbouring springs.

SquareBridgeChateau Bechyně

In 1903, František Křižík constructed one of first electric railway-lines in Austria-Hungary monarchy, the electric line Tábor-Bechyně. Nostalgic excursions of original waggons are taken place in summer tourist saison.

Bechyně 

  

Text: Václav Zamba

Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Jeseterč.2, č.3, č.4, č.5, Petr Vilgus


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