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The urban analysis focused on the public spaces in the spa town Poděbrady

Abstract: The occurrence of spa resorts is determined by many factors. Several conditions had to take place in order for spas to be established, including suitable climatic conditions and, mainly, the occurrence of natural healing resources. Our ancestors were using natural mineral springs for their unique properties. However, another healing sources were used during long history of balneotherapy, e.g. muds, peats and fens. Temples and altars were often built in such places for gods as a sign of gratitude. This may be considered a beginning of tourism in balneotherapy because sacral buildings contributed in increased attendance of spa areas. Balneotherapy in Czech Republic has a long-standing tradition. The main development took place during period between 18th and 19th century. The position of Bohemian lands allowed spas to flourish. Over 250 spa resorts were located in Bohemia itself, primarily focusing on hydrotherapy procedures. The number of spa cities and places has stabilised at number 37. Despite this number, Czech Republic is still considered a significant spa region being visited by hundreds of thousands visitors and tourists from all over the world. This article deals with the urban analysis of the Central Bohemian town of Poděbrady. It is an analysis focused on public spaces in spa towns, whose final form is summarized in the so-called Spa Town Card.

KUPKOVÁ, Denisa (2019). Urbanistická analýza zaměřená na veřejná prostranství lázeňského města Poděbrady. In: Jiří Kugl, ed. Člověk, stavba a územní plánování 12. ČVUT v Praze, Fakulta stavební pp. 46-63. ISBN 978-80-01-06634-8. ISSN 2336-7695.