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Beauties of Our Country: 750th Anniversary of Foundation of the Zlata koruna Monastery Czech stamp

Beauties of Our Country: 750th Anniversary of Foundation of the Zlata koruna Monastery Czech stamp
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A new stamp from the series "Beauties of our country" was issued by Ceska posta. The stamp is dedicated to the 750th anniversary of foundation of the Zlata koruna Monastery.

A legend has it that the Zlata koruna Monastery was founded in 1263 by King Premysl II Ottokar of Bohemia for pious purposes. He is believed to have made a pious vow that if he wins the important battle of Kressenbrunn against Bela IV, King of Hungary in 1260, he will found a monastery. He won the battle and kept his word. However, there were also political reasons for the foundation. A new monastery was to prevent the expansionist tendencies of the Vitek family, owners of the neighbouring town of Cesky Krumlov.

In the 20th century, the buildings underwent a reconstruction which started in 1909 and continued into the Second World War. In 1948, it became the property of the Czechoslovak government. Between 1979 and 2000, the monastery’s manager was the State Scientific Library, which is presently replaced by the National Heritage Institute. The Zlata koruna Monastery became a national cultural heritage site in 1995.

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