Monday, November 22, 2010

Delightful Telč, Czech Republic

Telč, in the Czech Republic, is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you enter Telč, you may pass this flower shop:

And go through an arched gate:

To a fabulous town square lined with Renaissance architecture:

I especially like this dramatic building with its sgraffito facade in which the plaster is scraped away to form a design. Click on the photo to get a better look.

Covered, colorful arcades join the buildings, providing shelter for shoppers.

This remarkable building appears not to have been recently restored. I love the soft colors, the lovely corner turret with its tiled roof as well as the momentary sense that I'm glimpsing history.

An ornate pump:

Judging from this sign, the Czech language looks remarkably similar to English...just add a 'y.'

I'm always impressed by the artistic expressions in the Czech Republic. Paper cutouts of buildings on the town square decorated this door:

And hay bales were turned into a bucolic vignette along the roadside:

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