10/2008 - Czech Republic

3-day trip to the Czech Republic visiting Brno, Trebic, Telc and Cesky Krumlov.

We entered the Czech Republic at the frontier town Cesky Tesin , at the border with Poland. Thanks to a fast highway we soon arrived in Brno, capital of Moravia

The Concord Square (Namesti Svornosti ) is the centre of the city; it is dominated by the beautiful column of the Virgin surrounded by many beautiful buildings . Another nice square is the Zelny Trh (that is to say “Cabbage Market”) .

In the square centre, there is the Parnas Fountain, a curious “cave fountain” dating back to the late 17th century.

Brno is dominated by the imposing and, for the Italians sadly famous, Spilberk Castle. Since the middle of the nineteenth century it had been used as a political prison and a number of Italian patriots, including Silvio Pellico and Maroncelli, were locked up there. Pellico began to write in Spilberk his book “Le mie prigioni” (My Prisons).

We visited the town of Trebic;  in the city centre there is a magnificent square, named after Charles IV (Karlovo Namesti ), which is surrounded by two beautiful churches and historical buildings.

Trebic is known for its Benedictine Saint Procopius Basilica ( Sv Prokov ) .

Telc is a World Heritage Site, due to the beauty of the whole town .

The town is surrounded by three small lakes and can be reached crossing a bridge from which we had a  spectacular panorama. Then, we entered the main square named after Zacharias of Hradec (Namesti Zachariase Hradce z ) .

When we arrived in the square, we felt a strong emotion for the beauty of the amazing series, on both sides, of many sixteenth-century palaces. Many buildings have painted facades that at sunset, when the colours are particularly intense and the shadows lengthen, make the scenario even more romantic .

Against the background of the square, beyond the Parish of St. James ( Jakub Sv ) , we could admire the  Zamek, the residence of the Lords of Hradec .

The interiors of the Zamek are so beautiful that are under the protection of UNESCO and so cannot be photographed.

Even the town of Cesky Krumlov has got the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Cesky Krumlov spreads  on a meander of the Vltava River (Moldava) , while on the opposite side , there is a neighborhood (Latran ), grown as a support for the upper Rosenberg castle/fortress.

At the entrance of Zamek, we found the beautiful Red Tower ( Cervena brane ), beyond it the main building with fresco decorations , then we met a scenic bridge with four arches. On the back, there is a large garden, a riding school and a theatre of 1700, very well preserved. The whole town is characterized by very picturesque views of palaces with decorated pediments .

Along the High Street ( Horni ), we could admire the most important monuments, from the Church of St. Vitus ( Sv Vit ) to the Renaissance Palace of the Prelature.

The natural position of the town and of the castle is particular as well as the great variety of beautiful buildings.

I conclude this part of the visit to the Czech Republic with a series of curious photos shot in Cesky Krumlov