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History Archeolgical finds prove that there was a settlement here as early as the 11th century.
The town received its town privileges in 1323. In the 14th century the city had obtained a monopoly on the salt trade with the Bavarian city of Passau. Hussites conquered it in 1420, as a reward for its later return to the royalist fold in 1436 it gained a royal town rights. After a big fire in 1507 Prachatice was completely rebuilt and the houses were ornamented with graffiti. At that time trade in salt on the Passau trail reached its zenith, up to 1300 barrels of salt were delivered weekly and the Prachatice citizens were among the wealthiest in the country.
During the Thirty Years' War Prachatice was captured and all rights and privileges were seized. The town declined and the new development began in the 20th century.
The Late-Gothic and Renaissance face of the historical centre of the town has been preserved up till this day, because of a long building stagnation, which lasted for hundreds of years.
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Vecer from UK 02/2011
I am in the grip of nostalgia. I lived in Prachatice as a child from 1939-1947 with the Pilat family at ul. Maxmiliana Rumpala 356. My uncle Vaclav Pilat had a haberdashery shop right by the church. I revisited Prachatice as an adult in 1978 and both buildings looked very much the same as I remembered them. I now wanted to - take a look - at where I lived at on Google Earth but was unsuccessful. Does anybody know if the row of villas in Rumpala are still there?
Wolf from Canada 09/2010
I am looking on some information on a town called Neugebau. Do you have any information you can pass along - I am searching for my half sister who was born there in 1942.
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