Liberec, one of the biggest towns of Czech Republic, had its heyday in the 16th Century, when it was a local centre for linen weavers and clothmakers. The architectural character of the town does not only bear the marks of the historic old town with its market square, but also the town's ambitions to be modern city. Especially in the 1920s and 30s, many different high rises grew in the centre, which represent the Zeitgeist of modernism par excellence. Close to the university, is a very special architectural monument: the Stross House (Haus Stross), built in 1925 by Tilo Schoder. The local mountain, Ještěd, offers yet another architectural highlight: its peak carries a crown designed by Karel Hubáček, built between 1965 and 1973 - a futuristic hotel boasting a glorious view over the town.