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On the slope of the Elbe in Kuks, there used to be mineral springs. In 1692-1696, František Antonνn Špork, the owner of the county, directed three of them at one place and built a simple spa. When the healing effects of the water were proven by professors of Charles University and experts from Baden-Baden, Špork enlarged the spa in 1707-1722 with an octagonal Church of Holy Trinity, a Hospital, theatre and other buildings in the Baroque style. The interiors and exteriors were decorated with Baroque sculptures by Matthias Braun, the most famous of which are the Virtues and Vices.

Špork died in 1738 and his heirs were not interested in maintaining the spa. A flood in 1740 destroyed most of the infrastructure and put the spa out of business. The Hospital (now called Kuks Castle), Church, Pharmacy with historical furniture and Matthias Braun's statues in a park have however survived to the present day and are considered a masterpiece of European Baroque style.

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