Slavonice - Renaissance Town
Do you know the town of Telč and its beautiful houses with painted gables? And did you know that in the Moravian part of the South Bohemian Region there is another similar town, which is even nicknamed "Malá Telč"? They are Slavonice, a small village with 2700 inhabitants on the border of Moravia, Bohemia and Austria. The origin of this village dates back to the 12th century, when a market settlement grew up here. Slavonice experienced its greatest economic prosperity in the 16th century, when most of the houses were rebuilt in the form in which they have survived to this day. Later, however, the city experienced several wounds, from which it recovered for a long time, first it was the Thirty Years' War, then a plague epidemic and at the end of the 18th century a devastating fire. The monuments have been gradually restored since the 1950s, but it is still clear in the town that, unfortunately, they do not reach the fame of the above-mentioned Telč and would need a considerable financial injection. Nevertheless, they deserve attention and have something to offer.
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Interesting facts Slavonice - Renaissance Town
The center of the town is a monument reserve, it consists of a smaller Upper Square and a large Náměstí Míru, around which stand town houses with Renaissance gables. Their sgraffito decoration certainly deserves admiration. In some houses these are typical sgraffito envelopes, in others they are even complex figural scenes. Between the two squares stands the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and the adjoining town tower, which forms the dominant feature of the town. It dates from the first half of the 16th century and stands on the site of a former sacristy. For a smaller entrance fee, it is accessible all year round and after climbing 172 steps, it offers a nice view of the city and its surroundings. From the original fortifications around the city, mainly the part to the right behind the Upper Square has been preserved. To this day, two of the original three city gates stand and serve their purpose, the Dačice Gate leading through a narrow street to Náměstí Míru and the Znojmo (Jemnická) Gate on Horní náměstí...
You can also visit the Slavonian underground. The local cellars have their roots probably sometime in the 13th century, when the Gothic buildings of the city took place. Later, other floors were connected and excavated for reasons of drainage, a total of three were created. You can choose the tour in two forms, a shorter twenty-minute circuit, which is less demanding, and a longer almost hour-long tour, for which it is good to consider your physical possibilities. The corridors have an average profile of 150 cm in height and 40-60 cm in width, so they are definitely not suitable for people who hate small spaces. Necessary equipment includes special boots, a coat and a flashlight, which will be lent to you by a guide.
Directly on náměstí Míru you will find the Tourist Information Center, where you will learn all the essentials and you can buy a view or a souvenir. Refreshments are offered, for example, in a pastry shop in the same house or in one of the local restaurants.
Author: Martina Limbergová