The dominant feature of the oldest preserved architectural monument in Tábor is the Kotnov tower , visible from afar , named after the legendary founder of the castle. Scientists still argue about the origin and age of the castle.

The oldest written mention dates back to 1370, but it is almost certain that the castle was founded sometime in the second half of the 13th century, during the reign of the Czech King Přemysl Otakar II. According to current knowledge, which, however, ongoing research can significantly change, the castle boasted four round and one square tower. In addition, its fortifications were strengthened by moats and a wall.

Over time, the defensive significance of the citadel decreased and a fire from 1532 dealt a severe blow to it. In the years 1612-1613, the castle grounds were rebuilt into a brewery. In connection with the significant modernization of its operation, the construction of castle buildings continued in the second half of the 19th century. As late as 1908, the entire eastern wing of the castle had to give way to the industrial buildings of the expanding brewery. Due to this, the Kotnov tower represents the most important preserved part of the castle. From its gallery, the visitor can admire the beauty of the city and its surroundings.

Adjacent to the castle tower is the only still standing city ​​gate , called Bechyňská . Unlike the tower, the gate received better treatment. It has been preserved in almost its original state from the period after 1420, when its construction began. At the end of the 19th century, under the direction of the architect Josef Mocker, it was modified in a style corresponding to the architecture of High Gothic. In the impressive environment of its Gothic interiors, there is a permanent exhibition Tábor, the fortress of the righteous and the royal city, which presents the history of the city from prehistory to the Thirty Years’ War.

The Kotnov castle complex has been declared a national cultural monument.


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