Czech Republic

Historic Center of Telč – UNESCO World Heritage Site Czech Republic; Maria Haase; Europe Up Close


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Quick Facts about Telč:

Country: Czech Republic

Region: Vysocina

Inscription: 1992

Visited: October 2017

Type: Cultural

Status: Good condition

Summary: Telč’s historic market square is an Italian Renaissance masterpiece. The large town square is surrounded pastel-colored Bürgerhouses featuring the typical facades.

The Rennaissance Castle and its grounds look like straight out of a fairytale.

Telč UNESCO World Heritage Site

Telč, a beautiful little town in Czech’s Vysocina region, was most likely founded in the middle of the 14th century, the earliest mention dating back to 1333-1335.

What makes the Telč town square so special is its cohesive and authentic style. The local Duke, Zachariáš of Hradec after whom the square is named, had studied in Italy and was inspired by the art and style of the Italian Renaissance.

After his return, he brought in several Italian architects to built the Telč Chateau in the Renaissance style. The city was booming. Zachariáš of Hradec set up fish farms, opened a hospital and hospice for the elderly and turned Telč into a flourishing town.

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