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Tabor water scenery

The Jordan is our pride. It is the oldest dam lake in Central Europe; in 1492 the citizens of Tabor dammed the River Tismenicky to provide a sufficient supply of drinking water for the town. The lake occupies an area of 50 hectares and reaches a depth of 14 metres. Originally the local people wanted to breed fish here, but soon the lake proved to be too large for this. And thus the Jordan has not been emptied out since 1830. Nowadays, the Jordan does not only supply the town with water, but it is widely used for recreation. On hot summer days the cool water tempts both the local people and tourists into having a swim. On the other side of the dam there is an eighteen-metre high waterfall created by water flowing from the Jordan. At the very beginning of the 16th century an ingenious appliance that pumped water from the Jordan up to the town, to the water tower, was built under the Jordan dam. The water tower is incorporated in the eastern part of the town walls 32 metres above the Jordan. From there water was piped to fountains all over the town. The area behind the Water Tower is called Market Square. The Luznice connects all big towns in the district of Tabor. The river was first mentioned in sources in the year 1179. The name was derived from an old Czech word for ‘water flowing through meadows’.

Jordánský vodopád

Jordánský vodopád

Jordán

Jordán

GPS position

N 49° 24.838', E 14° 39.789'
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Contact

Město Tábor
Ing. Michala Svitáková
Tel.:381 486 497
e-mail:michala.svitakova@mutabor.cz
http://www.taborcz.eu