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The Znojmo town hall tower
is situated in the city of Znojmo
Znojmo is a city in the South Moravian Region of the Czech Republic, near the border with Lower Austria, connected to Vienna by railway and road . The royal city of Znojmo was founded shortly before 1226 by King Ottokar I on the plains in front of Znojmo Castle...
, a historic city in Moravia
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, Czech Republic
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was contracted by Znojmo counselors in 1445 and was built by a local stonemason Nicholas of Edelspitz (Sedlešovice) from 1445-1448. The unique slim tower has a complex, elegant roof construction containing two galleries with characteristic Gothic
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From the top of the galleries in the tower both the inside and outside of the city could be viewed, giving much needed warning of an advancing enemy.
In a soviet air-raid during the Second World War, the tower was hit by a falling bomb. The bomb slithered off the roof of the tower, destroying the old town hall below. The destroyed building was later developed in the communist era into a controversial concrete department store.