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Kotnov Tower

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The castle was probably four towers. Only round tower Kotnov with attached Bechyňská gate preserved. Kotnov tower is the dominant landmark of the former castle, which was burnt down in 1532. From 1612 to 1613, a brewery was built on its remnants; it was going through structural modifications until the 20th century. The castle "Hradiště" was established as part of the whole system in 2nd half of the 13th century during the reign of Přemysl Otakar II., probably by Vítek of Hradiště, the son of Vítek of Prčice, the famous founder of the Vítkovci family. Next to the tower, there is the only preserved town gate, called Bechyňská. Unlike the tower, the gate has been preserved in almost original condition of the High Gothic period. The round, medieval Kotnov Tower is the most significant remainder of the Kotnov Castle from the 13th century. Be sure to climb up to get a wonderful view of old and new Tábor and the river Lužnice. The climb is "at your own risk" (roughly 70 steep wooden steps with sturdy handrails) but we can testify that it can be done wearing slip-ons and carrying a small dog in one arm.

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The Czech Republic is a cool little landlocked country south of Germany and Poland, with a national addiction to pork and beer. Potatos, cabbage, and dumplings are close behind them, and they also have this great bar food called "utopenec." It means "a drowned man," it's pickled sausage with onions, perfect with some dark wheat bread and beer. The Czech bread is legendary, like a meal all by itself.

Czechoslovakia first became a sovereign state in 1918 when it declared independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The state of Czechoslovakia lasted until the "Velvet Divorce" of 1993, which created Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

It was occupied by Germany in WWII but escaped major damage, unlike most other European cities. The nation's capital, Prague, retains some of Europe's most beautiful Baroque architecture as well as one of the largest medieval castle complexes still standing. The President of the Czech Republic has his offices in the Prague Castle even today.

There was a coup d'etat in 1948 and Czechoslovakia fell under Soviet rule. For fifty years Czechoslovakia was a Socialist state under the USSR, subject to censorship, forced atheism and even the arrest of jazz musicians!

In 1989, communist police violently squashed a pro-democracy demonstration and pissed everybody off so bad that a revolution erupted over it, finally ending the Communist rule.

The next twenty years saw rapid economic growth and westernization. Today in Prague you can eat at McDonald's or KFC, shop for snowboarding boots and go see a punk rock show.

The Czech Republic took over the presidency of the European Union in January 2009. This instantly created lots of political drama because the President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus, is a renowned Euroskeptic.

We anxiously await the outcome of "President Klaus vs. the Lisbon Treaty", a world heavywieght fight sceduled for spring 2009.

Text by Steve Smith.

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