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Czech Republic

1.2 km (0.7 miles) E of Kouřim, Středočeský Kraj, Czech Rep.
Approx. altitude: 257 m (843 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 50°S 165°W

Accuracy: 4 m (13 ft)
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#2: The confluence. The bag with GPSr marks "my" confluence. View to north. #3: GPSr evidence: N50 00.000 E015 00.000. #4: View to west. The fortified hill on the left, the town of Kourim somewere behind it. #5: View to south. The outer line of fortification is visible close to the right edge. #6: General view of the confluence area from west (approx. 280 m). #7: The town of Kourim. View from the hill to west.

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  50°N 15°E (visit #3)  

#1: General view of the confluence area from west (approx. 60 m).

(visited by Toniczech)

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15-Jul-2004 -- The previous visitors have already mentioned the town of Kourim (1.5 km W) which is really worth visiting for its well preserved walls with the Prague Gate, Gothic church of St. Stephen, Renaissance belfry or the open-air Village Museum with examples of traditional folk architecture (on SW edge of the town).

Closer to the confluence, only several hundred metres to west and southwest, there is a low hill with remains of an old fortified settlement built by the Slavic tribe of Zlicans in 9th century A.D. This location is called Stara Kourim (Old Kourim). Three lines of fortification enclosing an area of 40 ha are still visible. The archaeologists discovered evidence of an almost 90 m long hall building nearby the Baroque chapel on the top of the hill. There is also a small water reservoir called Libuse in the SE part of the forified area. Close to this pond there was a holy place where the rulers of this area were buried.

I came to the confluence from west across the field covered with some low forage plants. The yellow pole is still there, but IMO it doesn't mark the exact confluence. I visited the spot twice this month and according to my GPSr the actual confluence is approximately six metres NNW from the pole. The basic DCP description of the confluence says the altidude of the spot should be 249 m. This is not true; more fitting altitude is 261 m (+-3 m). I have checked it on a detailed 1:50000 map. The spot is very easily accessible; it is only 70 metres south from the road connecting Kourim and Svojsice.

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15-Jul-2004 -- Moji predchudci uz zminili mesto Kourim vzdalene 1,5 km zapadnim smerem. Kourim ma spoustu pametihodnosti: z velke casti dochovane hradby s Prazskou branou, goticky kostel sv. Stepana, renesancni zvonici ci skanzen lidove architektury (na JZ kraji mesta).

Blize k pruseciku, pouhych nekolik set metru zapadnim respektive jihozapadnim smerem, se zveda nizke navrsi s pozustatky hradiste kmene Zlicanu z 9. stoleti. Hradiste je oznacovano jako Stara Kourim a jeho dodnes patrne tri pasy valu obepinaji plochu 40 ha. Pobliz barokni kaplicky na vrcholu kopce byly archeologicky zjisteny stopy temer 90 metru dlouhe budovy haloveho typu. V JV casti arealu se take naleza polovyschle jezirko zvane Libuse. Jedalo se zrejme o kultovni misto; v jeho blizkosti byly objevey hroby prislusniku knizeci rodiny.

K pruseciku jsem prisel od zapadu pres pole pokryte nizkou vojteskou. Zluta tyc je stale na miste, ale nemyslim, ze oznacuje presny prusecik. Tento mesic jsem navstivil misto dvakrat a podle me GPSky by se mel skutecny prusecik nachazet asi sest metru SSZ od tyce. Zakladni popis bodu na strance DCP pravi, ze nadmorska vyska je 249 m. To neni pravda zcela urcite. Presnejsi udaj je podle me 261 m (+- 3m). Overil jsem si to na podrobne mape (1:50 000). Misto je velmi lehce dostupne; nachazi se asi 70 metru jizne od silnice Kourim-Svojsice.


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#1: General view of the confluence area from west (approx. 60 m).
#2: The confluence. The bag with GPSr marks "my" confluence. View to north.
#3: GPSr evidence: N50 00.000 E015 00.000.
#4: View to west. The fortified hill on the left, the town of Kourim somewere behind it.
#5: View to south. The outer line of fortification is visible close to the right edge.
#6: General view of the confluence area from west (approx. 280 m).
#7: The town of Kourim. View from the hill to west.
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