Bechyně

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Bechyně
Town
Masaryk Square and the Church of Saint Matthew
Masaryk Square and the Church of Saint Matthew
Flag of Bechyně
Flag
Coat of arms of Bechyně
Coat of arms
Bechyně is located in Czech Republic
Bechyně
Bechyně
Location in the Czech Republic
Coordinates: 49°17′50″N 14°28′15″E / 49.29722°N 14.47083°E / 49.29722; 14.47083Coordinates: 49°17′50″N 14°28′15″E / 49.29722°N 14.47083°E / 49.29722; 14.47083
CountryCzech Republic
RegionSouth Bohemian
DistrictTábor
Little DistrictTábor
First mentioned993
Government
 • MayorPavel Houdek
Area
 • Total21.20 km2 (8.19 sq mi)
Elevation
406 m (1,332 ft)
Population
(2016)
 • Total5,154
 • Density240/km2 (630/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
391 65
Websitewww.mestobechyne.cz

Bechyně (Czech pronunciation: [ˈbɛxɪɲɛ]), is a town in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic. Also known as Bechin or Beching in German. as It is located on the Lužnice River 20 km southwest of Tábor and has a population of 5,695 (2005).

The town is the terminus of the railway line from Tabor. This was built in 1903 and was the first electrified railway in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The original passenger train is preserved and operates several times each summer.[1]

Bechyně at the beginning of 20th century.  Photographed by Šechtl and Voseček.

A 13th century castle was built in Bechyně, although almost none of that original structure remains today. A reconstruction in the late 16th century and subsequent renovation in the 1670s resulted in the structure that stands there today.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.mestobechyne.cz/english/electric-railway/elinka-the-electric-railway.html
  2. ^ "The castle Bechyne". Retrieved 2013-12-27.

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