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In the late 14th century, a castle was erected on the site of an abandoned fortified settlement. In 1420, the Hussites seized the castle and founded a fortified town there.Its military character is still traceable in the dense network of curved streets, the Bechyně town gate and the Kotnov castle tower. The town’s dominant feature is the late GothicDecanalChurch of the Transfiguration of Christ on TáborMountain. Other valuable medieval monuments include the Gothic town hall with a unique large hall and the access way to the Tábor underground, or the manmade Jordán water reservoir from 1492, the oldest in Europe, with a Renaissance water tower. Speaking of Renaissance monuments, there is a row of burgher houses with their characteristic segmented arched gables that stands out of the town's development.The pilgrimage church of Klokoty is an impressive piece of Baroque architecture. Worth mentioning is a remarkable technical monument, namely the electrified Tábor – Bechyně railway line, built by František Křižík in the early 20th century as the very first example of its kind in what was then Austria-Hungary.

 

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