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Photographer's Note

I just realised that I haven't posted a photo of Telč, my hometown, for some time and that I have also never "taken" you to the castle, so here we go.

This is the castle garden. It is basically triangular, with two sides being formed by arcaded walkways and the third by the castle. It is a popular place for weddings and has "played" in may movies. Czech and Slovak members may recognise the fountain in the centre as the place where the Proud Princess asks the gardener/prince in disguise to tie her shoelace. The fountain she falls into immediately thereafter, however, is at a different castle. Film tricks :-)

The castle/chateau as you see it today was built in the 1550s by Italian architects for the estate owner Zacharias of Hradec. He is the fellow who made Telč into the gem that it is. No subsequent owners made any major alterations to the castle, which is what makes it special.

What you see on the left is a chapel built to house the tomb of Zacharias and his beloved wife Katerina. The wall with the arcades at the top connects it to the older part of the castle, which is in the centre of the picture. This Renaissance structure was built on top of the original Gothic castle. Consequently, the rooms on the ground floor are Gothic in structure, decorated with Renaissance sgrafitti on the walls and ceilings, and the rooms on the upper storey are Renaissance. Many of them have beautiful coffered ceilings which in themselves make the castle a worthwile place to visit.

The panorama is a stitch of 10 shots. You may also go see the larger version.

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