Monday, April 30, 2007

Tabor - Town of the Hussites

As promised here is a summary of our trip to Tabor, the town was established by the Hussites in what the booklet on the town describes as "relatively young...founded in March 1420." The first picutre here is a pic of the Hussite museum. I was heartbroken when I saw the sign that you are not permitted to photograph. Usually in the Czech Republic you are permitted to take photos so long as you don't use a flash. So I wasn't able to photograph some of the cool documents and photos that the museum contained.

I was blown away by the artillery which the Hussites had at their disposal during this time in history. Let's say I wouldn't want to meet one of them on the street and not be their friend. They possessed some brutal weaponry and even guns and canons.

The second pic is a statue of John Zizka the founder of Tabor and leader of the Hussites after the martyrdom of John Hus in Constance in 1415.

Next you can see the church on the town square in the center of Tabor. It is said that the present church building makes the one that existed during the Hussite period look like a barn.

You can see the architecure is very beautiful and even the tower on the corner of the town or the old fortress gives you a small picture of what the town somewhat looked like in the days of the Hussites, and how they protected their town.

The rest of the pics below are as follows: statue of the young John Hus, statue of John Zizka on his horse (leader of the Hussites after the martyrdom of John Hus), battle wagon the Hussites used to fight from. The battle wagon would have 4 warriors in it shooting arrows, throwing spears, and etc. The last pic is of a building with pretty cool artwork showing some of the history of the town.

The town was named Tabor after the biblical name of Mt. Tabor in Israel and the Hussites even named a nearby lake they dug for water "Jordan." They sought to use biblical words to name important places.

One last tid-bit is that underneath the town square is a maze of underground tunnels that was dug in 15th century to store food, beer, and provide shelter from the numerous fires that the town experienced. The tunnels are several kilometers long and part of it is open to the public.