Take a walk through the ancient town of Telč, Czech Republic

Telč

Telč

Czech town Telč was founded on the site of ancient Slavonic settlement. Its historical center, which is surrounded by a bypass canal and reservoirs, is sometimes called the Moravian Venice. The museum city is believed to be the first monument in Bohemia to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Geographical Situation

The town of Telč is situated in southern Bohemia in the Vysočina region. It covers an area of 24.86 square kilometers. The altitude of the city center is 514 m above sea level. Major cities such as Jindrichuv Hradec, Třebíč, Jglava are situated nearby. The population of the town is about 6 thousand people, and annually it is visited by more than 150 thousand tourists.

History

Telc was founded in 1099, when a local resident built a chapel in honor of the Virgin Mary. Another version is that the town was founded by the prince Otá of Olomouc to commemorate his victory over the Czech army. On the site of the present-day Old Town, he built a Romanesque chapel and then a church. Later the Telč Castle was erected there, around which the town quickly began to grow. There was even a silent competition among the local nobility as to who had the richest looking palace.

The climate of Telc

The city lies in a zone of moderate continental climate. In winter the temperature rarely drops to – 4 º C, in summer the thermometer rarely rises above +22 º C.

See the sights of Telč in the Czech Republic

Almost every building in the city-museum of Telc is a unique piece of architecture, which has its own history and preserved the original look from ancient times. Anyone who gets to the amazingly beautiful city of Telč, be sure to visit its attractions, photos of which can be seen below:

  1. Zacharias Square. It is the main square in the city. Along its perimeter are the colorful facades of houses of the most intricate appearance. Each of them is unique and distinctive. The beautiful decorations in the form of ornate moldings, wall paintings and figurines of small angels emphasize the resemblance to the gingerbread Christmas houses. In fact, these are rich merchant houses that were built centuries ago. In the center of the square is the Marian column, an interesting piece of architecture in the unusual Baroque style of minimalism.
  2. Telch Castle. This is a striking example of Renaissance architecture. It was built in the 16th century, but its fabulous view remains to this day. That is why the Telč Castle is the most famous and the most visited in the whole Czech Republic. Its facade overlooks Zacharias Square.
  3. The Jesuit Church of Jesus Christ. The church was built in the mid 17th century in a very unusual layout, with its front facing the town square. It is made in typical Jesuit baroque architectural style. Its interior decoration is very rich: there are ancient frescoes, sculptures and various wall paintings.
  4. The Church of the Holy Spirit. It is one of the most ancient landmarks of Telč, and perhaps of the whole Czech Republic as well. It was originally a Romanesque building with a high tower. In the 15th century it was reconstructed, giving it a Gothic look. The 50-meter bell tower served as a watchtower. At various times it housed a hospital, a warehouse and a theater. It was not until 1922 that the Evangelical Church became the owner of the building and religious life returned to the church.
  5. Chapel of All Saints. It is located near Telč Castle. It was the last resting place of the famous Czech nobleman Zacharias and his wife. Both inside and outside the building is decorated very richly and even pompously, especially the Renaissance frescoes.
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Hotels and Restaurants in Telj

There are a number of hotels in Telch which are very popular among visitors:

For those wishing to have a delicious dinner and simply relax in a pleasant environment, there are such restaurants in the city:

How to get to the city?

Telc is located at the intersection of many roads and railroads. It is easy to get here by train, bus or car. As practice shows, tourists can get from Prague by train with a change in Havlíčkův Brod, travel time is about 4 hours. Without any changes you can get by train from Jihlava, Slavonice. Next to the railway station there is also a bus station. The bus service connects Telc with many cities in the Czech Republic and its capital Prague, which can be reached within 4 hours and 50 minutes.

The nearest airport in Telč is Brno, which is 100 km away.

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