Historically the spot was inhabited sporadically first by Celtic tribes (2nd century BCE), then by Romans (1st century) and then subsequently by old Slavs during the 8th century. Since the 11th century the settlement has been permanently occupied; the first mention of the village of Putim in a written document dates from the year 1205.
Several times in the historical past (e.g. in 1650 and 1704) the whole village was destroyed by fire, and two nearby rivers, the Blanice and the Otava, also caused frequent floodings. The local church building served as a fortress during times of war. The first school in the village was established in 1696, and the railway first reached Putim in 1875.
Close to this village is National nature reserve Řežabinec a Řežabinecké tůně.
In one chapter of the novel The Good Soldier Švejk the author describes how Švejk meets up with a local gendarmerie officer, who is constantly drunk and who mistakes Švejk for a Russian spy. The first statue of Švejk in the Czech Republic was unveiled in Putim in August 2014.
- Village website (cz)
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