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Everybody is in agreement that Czech Republic is one of the most visitor friendly countries in Eastern Europe. If you ever find yourself wondering where to go while in Czech Republic, you are well advised to try Cesky Krumlov. This is a small central European town that was founded in the Middle Ages. Its undisturbed ancient buildings are a classic example of 5 centuries of undisturbed development.

Historic Centre of Český Krumlov

Everybody is in agreement that Czech Republic is one of the most visitor friendly countries in Eastern Europe. If you ever find yourself wondering where to go while in Czech Republic, you are well advised to try Cesky Krumlov. This is a small central European town that was founded in the Middle Ages. Its undisturbed ancient buildings are a classic example of 5 centuries of undisturbed development.

The town developed around the Meander of River Vltava, thus endowing the town with unprecedented natural beauty. The medieval layout and the historic buildings are unquestionably some of the best preserved medieval buildings in Europe.

The first settlement in the town of Cesky Krumlov was recorded 1253 when a castle was built for a member of the ruling vitkovic family of South Bohemia. The settlement would later develop to the Easton the river banks. The town would expand from a central square as was characteristic of Bohemian villages and towns during the medieval times.

For over 300 years from mid-14th century, the town acted as the seat of the influential Rozmberk family. The castle was first built with Gothic style of construction and later reconstructed with renaissance style. Most of the buildings in the town reflect a town that was thriving through trade.

Another major feature of the town is the ecclesiastical development as testified by the church of St. Vitus and monasteries from different orders. Much later, the town was passed over to an equally influential family known as Schwarzenberg family under which the town would retain its importance into the 19th century.

The town features all the ancient European architectural styles starting with Gothic to Gothic High to Renaissance and Baroque. The only other significant style of building that is not present in the town’s buildings is Romanesque. The list below comprises the most popular architectural marvels in the town.

  • Gothic Hradek with its round tower
  • Baroque chateau with its garden
  • The Bellaire summer palace,
  • A winter riding school
  • A unique Baroque theatre of 1766
  • The Church of St Vitus that date from the early 15th century
  • Renaissance Jesuit College and Baroque seminary
  • The Town Hall
  • The remains of the fortifications, especially the Budejovicka Gate
  • The Renaissance armory in Latrán

Most Bohemia towns and villages have retained their classical look and architecture – they escaped the ravages of wars and are thus important for the study of the renaissance Europe. Of these Bohemian towns, Cesky Krumlov is the best well preserved.

 

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