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The picture shows Hradiště sv. Hipolyta (Saint Hipolyte fortified settlement, Pöltenberg in old maps) located on the high steep rock rising from the Dyje river valley to the west of the Znojmo city centre. History of this place dates back to the stone age, when first people settled here. The most famous era came during the Great Moravian Empire in the 9th century, when it became an important administrative centre and was strongly fortified. Walls and mounds from that time are still visible at some places. The first Church of St Hipolyte (in the middle of the photo) was probably established at that time too. In 1240 king Václav I. donated the church with the surrounding estates to the Czech Order of the Knights of the Red Cross. Current church´s shape is the result of reconstruction made in the second half of the 18th century.

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