Řepeč, Tábor dist., South Bohemian Region

Medieval castle ‘Příběničky’ with its suburb

(13th–15th cent.)

Ditch dividing the bailey from outer fortified area of the castle complex.

Ditch dividing the bailey from outer fortified area of the castle complex.

Photo Z. Kačerová, 2014.

A settlement complex consisting of Late Medieval ‘Příběničky’ Castle, its bailey and ‘latrán’ (a fortified outer settlement attached to the castle ¬– suburb) connected by paths to ‘Příběnice’ Castle on the opposite bank of the Lužnice River. The castle was built around the mid 13th century, probably as a demonstration of royal power against the Vítek domain (the ‘Příběnice’ Castle). Under Rosenberg (Rožmberk) ownership (in the 14th), both castles were spatially and economically interconnected, and a suburb was added to ‘Příběničky’ (C). However, the suburb never fully developed, for the castle was besieged by the forces of the town Tábor in the Hussite period and demolished in 1437, never to be rebuilt.

References: Vařeka 1993; Sedláček 1996; Durdík 2009; Hložek 2010; Hložek – Menšík 2010a, 2010b; Hložek 2011, 2012.

Navigation points: N 49°23'34.45", E 14°33'23.39" (northwest).

Map notes: A – castle; B – bailey; C – ‘latrán’ (suburb); D – ditch carved into rock; E – bank in front of rampart and ditch of the bailey; F – keep; G – remains of palace; H – bank, a remnant of the original fortification; I – frontal ditch; J – earlier hollow ways; K–L – banks; M – present-day road; N – hollow ways; O – memorials of the 19th century; P – remains of smaller structures previously thought to be St George’s Chapel; Q–R – gates; S – quarry for building stone; T – Hallstatt barrow; U – Early Modern limekiln. Map symbols are available in the Downloads section.