Telč: the small Czech town with colorful buildings
Very often, the smallest destinations can be the most impressive. The small town of Telč is located in the Czech Republic in the region of South Moravia. Although it is small, it is so pretty and beautiful that in every corner you want to take photos to remember its marvelous architecture. Telč is home to a fascinating history and culture, and its historic center is a UNESCO heritage site. According to local legend, the founding of Telč is linked to the victory of Prince Otto II of Moravia over Břetislav in 1099. So, are you ready to visit Telč? Let’s go and admire its curiosities.
Your first visit to Telč will begin with a visit to Hradec Square. Along three sides of the public square there are brightly colored houses in the Italian Renaissance style. The houses have colorful facades and beautiful arches below. The arcades of the houses shelter cafes and shops of all kinds.
The house that stands out the most is the one with the number 15. Unlike the other houses in the square, this house has a small tower in its corner. Its faded facade manages to look older and more distinctive. It is ideal to visit the square in the late afternoon as it is best at sunset when the light enhances the colors.
The lords of Hradec in Telč built a Gothic castle. The castle was mainly defensive and fortified with a wall. From 1550 Zechariah of Hradec had a permanent seat in Telč, who rebuilt and expanded the old castle with newly built Renaissance palaces. It seems that many of Telč’s Italian influences came from Zacharias, who often traveled to Italy and invited Italian artists to help redesign the castle. But thanks to all the successive owners throughout history, this castle has remained in very good condition.
You can walk through the theater hall, the golden hall and the hall of the knights, where he describes the deeds of Hercules. In the Blue Room, completed in 1561, you can see an allegory of four figures personified by the Roman gods, and in the Hall of Armor of the Knights you can admire portraits of Zechariah of Hradec, Katerina, the first wife of Wallenstein , and the famous “white lady” Perchta von Rosenberg. Do not forget to visit the apartment of the last owners of the Podstatź-Liechtenstein castle, where its furniture is an important testimony to the appearance of aristocratic interiors. Among the exhibits, it is worth seeing a jewelry box from the 17th century.
The lakes of Telc
On either side of the historic center are two lakes, Lake Ulicky and Lake Stepnicky, where you can walk and enjoy nature. Ulicky and Stepnicky have trails along some sides, and it’s definitely worth the walk on the other side. As you walk around you will be able to take countless photos as the reflections of the buildings in the lakes make for a wonderful combination.
Holy Spirit Tower
The Romanesque tower from the first half of the 13th century is the oldest well-protected monument in the city. Originally, the tower was an observatory. The observation tower, with an interesting view not only of the historic core of the city but also of the old town, is accessible during the summer season. An entertaining and educational interactive exhibit with interesting facts from the city’s history is installed in the tower.
A new multimedia exhibition was installed in 2018, consisting of illuminated panels that map the different historical periods of the city. The exhibit includes a hologram with a historical character that introduces the tower to visitors. At the top, there are observation telescopes, interactive maps and a historical clock.
In Telč, you’ll feel like you’re walking through a movie set. Do not miss to admire the Column of Marion, which is a stone tower surrounded by angels and crowned with the Virgin on the roof of the world. Locals say it was built as a sort of monument to the victims of the Black Death. I hope you have a great time in this small Czech town every time you visit it.
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