It was a wet day, but this still didn't stop me from seeing the old Town.
We parked our car in the Town Square, and then I walked around it.
Most of the buildings are built in Renaissance, Late Gothic and Baroque styles, have detailed stucco work and are painting colourfully.
Leading out from the square is a vaulted archway.
The streets were narrow, cobblestoned and interesting, and nearer the Castle, I found outdoor Cafes, and more stylish buildings.
Even in the wet, it was a pleasure to view, and guess what, there was hardly a person around!
Just a few silly Tourists like me!!!!!
The "Langers House," was one that really caught my attention for several reasons.
I guess the main reason, was the black and white graffiti scenes from the Old Testament, these are dated at 1579. The house dates back to 1540, and has two numbers, [138-139], this was because there were originally two Gothic houses that were later rebuilt and joined together to make one.
House No. 139, is one of the oldest in the city.
Now, House No. 138 is an art gallerie, concerts and chamber performances take place here, and this is where you will find an Internet Cafe.
I knew about the Castle, so after looking around town, I then headed there. It is the 3rd largest in the Czech Republic.
It's believed there may have been another Castle here before this one, they already know there was a fortified Slavic settlement here in the 10th century.
Remains of a bulwark were found in front of the court facade of Adam II’s palace.
I have found Czech Castles and Palaces to be a bit of a problem when wanting to visit the inside.
Usually the times are not that often, and you can't take photos.
This happened here, and I decided against waiting around to do the tour as we wanted to head further on before the end of the day. I was able to wander the grounds and go into some buildings by myself, but the interior was off limits.
If you do the tour, this is what you can expect to see.
A Ceremonial Hall decorated with 14th century frescoes, Napoleon's bed and the piano played by Mozart.
I think it best if you check the website, as once again, the guided tours are split up into many parts.
Admission charges vary with what tours you wish to do, and the same can be said about the opening hours, too much for me to list.
The website gives plenty of helpful information.
Inside the Castle compound there was this pink & white building. I wondered what it was used for?
Well, originallly back in 1596, it was a garden pavilion.
I went inside, and there were lots of seats, and a beautifully decorated ceiling and walls in a style called "mannerism."
In the summer of 1814, Emperor Charles VI was received here.
The Rondel was used as a music pavilion. What is interesting, is back in the 17th century, the musicians were only allowed to be heard, and not seen, so a cellar was built underneath the floor of the Rondel. Here the muscians sat and played their instruments, and through a hole in the middle of the hall where a bottomless vase sat, the music could be heard by the audience who were dancing and feasting.
After a great fire in 1773, the Rondel was used as a pantry and woodshed. In 1990, it was restored to its former glory.
It now is being used as a concert hall and wedding hall.
The Old Town Hall was one of the interesting buildings located in the Town Square.
In my photo, you can see the small tower that was built on its top in 1493. It was here, where a astronomical Clock was attached, supposedly by the creator of the Prague Old Town Hall astronomical clock.
At the beginning of the 17th century, it was rebuilt with a jail at the building’s rear and a pillory out the front. In 1801, fire destroyed it and it was rebuilt once again. So, what I was seeing today, was an Old Town Hall [but not the oldest one], which has three floors, which served as a town hall until 1848.
Over the passageway is the municipal emblem in the form it was obtained from king Vladislav II in 1483.
On my wanders around town, I came across this tall gate that was built in the 15th century as part of the towns fortifications. This is the only Gate that has been preserved from the towns original three gates.
The original medieval gate with two Gothic floors was expanded during the construction of the adjoining seminary with another floor built in the late-Renaissance style. On one side of the gate is a Tower Clock, and on the other side is a stone relief of the town crest.
The Church of St. John the Baptist is a 600 year old Gothic Church with extensive decorative Czech frescos.
St. John the Baptist Church is adjacent to the Franciscan monastery which is located behind the town hall. The church, which dates back to the 14th century, is quite important because of all the Gothic architecture, including life-size statues of twelve apostles from the second half of the 14th century.
The interior also features examples of early Baroque furniture and numerous valuable tombstones, the most precious is the Gothic tombstone of Magdalena of Gleichen from 1492 made of red marble, and the Renaissance tombstones of lords from the 1st quarter of the 17th century.
The church has only been opened to the public recently.
The Trinity Sculpture (Assumption of the Virgin Mary), is a 20 metre high tall baroque pillar, that is located in the Town Square.
Built between 1764 - 1766, with the support of the Catholic Church, the bottom part of the sculpture is formed by a triangular pillar with niches for the statues of St. Rosalie, St. Anne and St. Joseph holding baby Jesus.
The other Saints.......St. Prokopius, St. George and St. Adalbert are on scrolls.
St. Expeditus, St. Hippolytus and St. Francis Xavier are above them and St. Wenceslaus, St. Florian and St. John of Nepomuk are even higher up. The collection of saints is completed by the archangels, Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, and the figures of God the Father and God the Son, who is holding a crown above the Virgin Mary.
A very nice Sculpture/monument.
The castle of Jindřichův Hradec is a magnificent fortress that's build between 1220 and 1604 and contains different styles of architecture.
Inside the castle you have the choice of three tours, each with a duration of about 40 minutes. If you take all three, you have seen the whole building.
Jindrichuv Hradec Castle overlooks the man made canals that pass through the city.
From the side of the Canal, there are beaut views of the Castle and the old waterfront homes, very nice!
Located in the courtyard of Jindrichuv Hradec Castle is the "Golden" Well.
This 13th century water well is unique, as it has a decorated cover that is really beautiful!