The picturesque town of Telc attracts visitors with its collection of architectural styles from centuries gone by. The historic center is one of the most valuable urban conservation areas in Moravia, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

What to visit

The town retains a mediaeval layout, with fortified walls, gatehouses, and picturesque arcades. Numerous churches include the Church of St James and the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus, as well as the Monastery of the Holy Angels. Other items of interest include the Marian column, the Jesuit college and grammar school, and the museum of the Vysočina region.

Places of interest

Telč Chateau was originally built as a Gothic castle. In the middle of the 16th century it was rebuilt as a Renaissance residence, complete with garden, park and greenhouses.

The main square is named after Zacharias of Hradec, who in 1550 inherited the chateau along with the adjacent town. He spent one year in Italy, from where he returned brimful of architectural ideas and inspirations. He was amazed by the fabulous Italian Renaissance, and decided to reproduce the style in Telč – no matter the cost. Arcades, facades and gables were all individually designed but the overall style is one of great aesthetic harmony.

Underneath most of the houses on the square as well as the castle complex are medieval cellars. These were connected by corridors, and part of them – nearly 150 m long – are still accessible, and include an interactive entertainment and educational exhibition.