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At the end of the Middle Ages, most European powers were looking to consolidate their influence. This led to the culture of putting up planned settlements in areas that had virtually never been occupied before. They would clear forests and build towns to help management territories better. One such town is Telc – the best preserved surviving example. The castle-settlement arrangement can be clearly seen from its layout.

Historic Centre of Telč

At the end of the Middle Ages, most European powers were looking to consolidate their influence. This led to the culture of putting up planned settlements in areas that had virtually never been occupied before. They would clear forests and build towns to help management territories better. One such town is Telc – the best preserved surviving example. The castle-settlement arrangement can be clearly seen from its layout.

The town of Telc is an architectural and artistic ensemble that has very few rivals in Europe in terms of beauty. From the renaissance chateau to the market place to the surrounding Renaissance buildings, you will be intrigued that such a careful planning existed several centuries ago.

Telc is located on the southwestern border of Moravia and Bohemia, a region that was thickly forested prior to 13th century. The earliest form of settlement is seen in 1333-1335 when a church and a small settlement were put up. By the middle of 14th century, the town had grown around a market square and was surrounded by stone walls and a network of ponds.

Before the 1386 fire, most of the town’s buildings were made of wood. Upon reconstruction, they were made with stones. The Chronology below shows what was built when.

  • 1369-72: Parish Church of St. Jacobs
  • 15th Century: Gothic Style
  • 1638: A Renaissance Choir was added to the Parish of St. Jacobs
  • 1651 to 1665: Jesuits College
  • 1667 -67: Church of the name of Jesus
  • 1687: A Gothic tower was crowned with a Baroque dome on the Parish of St. Jacobs

Apart from the largely Baroque style buildings were being put up, a few Rococo and classical elements would be sneaked in, creating structures that would make a modern architect sit back with admiration. Although the 19th century industrial revolution created an increased cultural awareness and awakening, the town of Telc largely retained its architectural marvels of the yesteryears.

The Over-restoration mania that gripped Europe in the 19th century never touched Telc. This is why it was able to keep its historic buildings. Its authentic architecture and dramatic setting are unquestionable evidence of the architectural evolution of Europe.

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