Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Třeboň - Czech Republic

Třeboň is a historical town in South Bohemian Region of Czech Republic with a well-preserved historic centre.
"The natural centre of this well-preserved, medieval town is the picturesque Masaryk Square. The enclosure of baroque and renaissance houses makes Trebon’s Square one of the most beautiful in the South Bohemia. The current appearance of the square dates from the flourishing fish-farming period in 16th century. The most significant architectural structure there is the Old Town Hall from the 16th century. A renaissance stone fountain in the middle adds a pleasant, graceful atmosphere to the square.

The neo-gothic Schwarzenberg family tomb is one of the most interesting architectural monuments in South Bohemia.

The Schwarzenberg family began to rule in the Trebon Region in 1660. The inspiration to build a family tomb came from Eleanor Schwarzenberg, the wife of Jan Adolf Schwarzenberg II. Builder F.D. Dewortzky constructed the tomb between 1874 and 1877. It is a six-sided neo-gothic building with a beautiful tower and majestic double stairs surrounded by an English park.

There is a sophisticated drainage system beneath the tomb to prevent dampness and water damage, because the lower part of the building is under the surface of the Svet Pond.

The history of Trebon is very closely connected with a long tradition of fish-farming. Trebon is surrounded by a unique system of fishponds and artificial canals, which is being considered for UNESCO World Heritage status.
The largest complex of fishponds in the Czech Republic is situated in the Trebon Basin, in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Most of the Trebon fishponds were built in the 16th century by Rozmberks, a significant noble family. There are currently 460 fishponds, which are used for breeding freswater fish, especially carp. The Trebon fishponds and the surrounding landscape also provide a home for many endangered species of flora and fauna (sea eagle, Eurasian otter)." - in: http://www.trebon-info.com/

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