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    HISTORICAL TIME-LINE

    by balhannah Updated Jul 17, 2013

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    I must admit that I nearly missed this.
    I had walked over this time-line in the pedestrian zone a few times. What made me look this time, was the tall monument ahead of me, and the line coming from it towards where I was standing.
    Looking down, I could see dates and description's written in three languages including English.

    So, I traced my steps and found the first date on the line was 1061- the first written mention of Cheb. From there, it went to events in the 12th century, this was when construction began on Cheb Castle, then to the 13th century up to 2011, when Cheb reached 950 years old.
    If you want to read what is on the time-line, check out the listed website.

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    MUNICIPAL THEATRE

    by balhannah Written Jul 16, 2013

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    Municipal Theatre

    Painted a rather bright yellow was the Neo-Renaissance style Theatre built in the 1870's to a design by a local architect. This area was part of the town fortifications which was transformed into Theatre Square.
    It's thought the Theatre may have been similar to the one in Munich. I couldn't go inside to see the furnishing's which are said to be imported.

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    CHEB MUSEUM

    by balhannah Updated Jul 16, 2013

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    Brown building is Cheb Museum

    I must say, the Cheb Museum sounds very interesting, so if you want to visit, make sure your there quite a bit before 5pm.

    It's located in one of the oldest townhouses in Cheb Square, and is among the oldest regional museums in the country. At the moment it has over 100,000 items on display.

    What are the exhibit's about.....
    Art-exhibition, history of the city and the region, decorative arts collections, bead embroidery altar from the 14th century, the oldest bell in Bohemia, dated 1286, Gothic and Baroque sculptures, 15th century sculpture consisting of Lamentation of Christ and the altar wings with panel paintings with scenes of the Cross, history of crafts, guild chests, product's of local gunsmiths, lapidary in the courtyard, and an exhibition of Cheb pottery and much more.

    In addition, you will also find a display dedicated to Albrecht von Wallenstein, see his horse, which was shot on the 16th century and the Wallenstein gallery, a collection of 17 portraits from the Wallenstein Palace in Prague.

    OPEN
    1 Mar – 31 Apr & 1 Oct – 31 Dec Wed – Sun 9-12 & 12:30 pm – 5pm
    1 May – 30 Sep Wed – Sun 9-12 & 12.30 pm - 5pm

    ADMISSION
    adults.... CZK 70
    Children from 6 to 15 years, students, disabled CZK 35Family ticket CZK 170(EUR 8.50)
    Seniors (over 65 years) CZK 50

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    EVANGELICAL CHURCH - PEACE CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Jul 16, 2013

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    The Evangelical Church I came across when walking along one of the side streets. The Church looked lovely painted in pastel Lemon and white, but once again, I couldn't get inside!

    Back in 1862, the Evangelical community used to meet in the jury room of the Town Hall. A Church was very much needed, so collections took place in the provinces of Saxony, Brandenburg and Bavaria, from which 30,000 gold coins were collected, along with many gifts.
    Guess what, they decided to establish a school and parsonage first, not putting the foundation stone down until 1869. Eventually the Church, (Friedenskirche – Peace church), was consecrated in 1871.

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    CHURCH OF ANNUNCIATION

    by balhannah Written Jul 16, 2013

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    There are a few Churches in Cheb, most are only open from MAY - OCTOBER, so if you wish to see the insides, remember this!
    I was here in April, so only outside looks for me.

    The Church of the Annunciation in Cheb, is one of the oldest Gothic hall churches in Bohemia and Moravia in the Czech Republic. The Church is part of what once was a Franciscian Monastery, both built in the 13th century and both devasted by fire in 1270. The monastery was rebuilt on a larger scale and was used by the Franciscans until they were expelled in 1951. The Sacristy and a part of the monastery walls were preserved from the original structure.

    On the 26th April 1285, the wedding of King Wenceslas II and Guta (Judith) von Habsburg, daughter of Rudolf I of Habsburg took place here. At present, the Church is the property of the town and serves as the venue of occasional concerts. I read it has beautiful stained glass windows.
    It is accessible to the public along with the monastery Paradise Garden.

    THE CHURCH IS OPEN FROM
    1 May to 31 October from 10 to 5PM (12:00 to 12:30 lunch break).
    CLOSED MONDAYS
    FREE ADMISSION

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    GABLER HOUSE

    by balhannah Updated Jul 16, 2013

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    The Gabler House was a very attractive house I saw in King George square. In 1657, this gothic house and others belonged to the Jesuit's. They wanted to rebuild and turn the houses into a College. This never happened! All that is left of the original decorations is the relief above the entrance with the figure of the Virgin Mary and 1662. The 18th century Rococo facade has many delicate decorations and an allegory of the four seasons. Rococo murals were uncovered in the interiors on the first floor and a fragment of a Late Gothic fresco on the second floor.
    Worth seeing!

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    SPALICEK AREA IN CHEB

    by balhannah Updated Jul 16, 2013

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    Spalicek is an area where 11 medieval houses from the 14th century are huddled together at the bottom of the Town Square. This area consists of two blocks of narrow three and four storey houses with gothic walls.
    In 1273, wooden shanties stood here, since then, the German/Jewish merchant houses were rebuilt and now have been painted and look like a picture! They were crammed together leaving no room for their own yard, so the building's went skywards! In 1740 these houses were called ‘meat stores."
    The blocks are divided by the very narrow Kramarska street of which you can walk through to see all of these houses. I loved dawdling past these interesting old buildings, all now nicely restored and painted and with interesting architecture.
    Don't miss if visiting Cheb.

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    HOUSE OF THE TWO PRINCES

    by balhannah Written Jul 16, 2013

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    House of two Princes

    In 1803, two Austrian Archdukes, Johann and Ludwig, were staying at the local inn. They happened to grant the innkeeper their permission to rename his establishment in their honour. A relief was created in 1806. In 1926, the Inn closed down. The relief was saved and can be seen on the wall of the building at 2 Brezinova street. It's a protected historical monument as is one of few preserved Habsburg artefacts in Cheb.

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    SCHLICK'S HOUSE

    by balhannah Written Jul 16, 2013

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    Schlick's house

    Back in 1867, another house used to stand where the one with frescoes does today. This old house was demolished and a new one built in the style of German regional architecture at that time.
    I happened to notice the frescoes on the building. These commemorate the historic Cheb cloth-weaver family the Schlick's
    The painting depicts Jindrich Schlick, the councillor of Cheb, the Imperial Chancellor Kaspar Schlick, the founder of the town of Jachymov Stepan Schlick, and Ondrej Schlick, who was executed on the Old Town Square in Prague in 1621. The frescoes were painted on the house in 1939 and restored in 1990.

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    J. ZUCKERMANN'S STORE

    by balhannah Written Jul 16, 2013

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    In 1890, some Jewish merchants and owners of the company J. Zuckermann's Store, decided to build a two story block of flats and a department store in the place of the original houses. On the ground floor, were shops and storage space, the next level had apartments with a kitchen, bathroom and maid’s room. Along the front are what is known as "gemel" windows [a window with two bays], these are late-renaissance. In 1940 the building was confiscated as Jewish property.

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    ERNST BRUSCH'S BAKERY

    by balhannah Written Jul 16, 2013

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    Ernst Brusch's Bakery

    Ernst Brusch’s bakery was located in Magdalena Muck's House, which really was a block of flats built in 1874. The double story building has four rooms with a kitchen on each floor. In 1879, Ernst Brusch operated his bakery in the yard. This building was quite a plain building, no decoration what so-ever, this came about in 1911, when a new façade was designed and built. This is the one we see today!
    This building now belongs to the town of Cheb.

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    THE GERMAN HOUSE

    by balhannah Written Jul 16, 2013

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    The German house is also known as Barbara Peter's house, the wife of a well-to-do wholesale trader Ludwig Peter. This block of flats were built in Neo-Renaisasance style in Svobody Street in 1878. The front of the building has two floors with oriel windows, many art nouveau sculptures and the coat of arms with the initial E, probably referring to the owner’s son and the later owner of the building, Ernst Peter.
    In 1949, ownership was taken over by the town of Cheb.

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    KUNZEL'S HOUSE

    by balhannah Written Jul 15, 2013

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    Kunzel's House

    Kunzel's House is another attractive building in the same area. It was named after Dr. Wilhelm Kunzel, a trader, banker and money changer, who built this block of flats in the 1890's. This is building differs to the others I viewed, as it is in French Renaissance style.
    Dr. Kunzel along with his brothers provided banking and money changing services in the house. As they established a branch of the Anglo-Austrian banks 1908, the ground floor had a vault room, treasury and bank offices. The Doctor actually lived in Bayreuth, so didn't spend much time here.

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    CHEB DISCOUNT COUNTRY

    by balhannah Written Jul 15, 2013

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    Cheb discount country

    This large, attractive building is located across the road from Adam Muck's House. It was June 1899, when this Neo-Renaissance Bank and Residential building was completed. It has a dome on its roof and is another building that has been painted and looks quite attractive

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    ADAM MUCK'S HOUSE

    by balhannah Written Jul 15, 2013

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    Adam Muck's house is a huge Art Nouveau building located in the pedestrian area of Cheb. Located on the corner of today’s Svobody and Majova streets, it was built in 1868 as rental flats.
    "Adam Muck" was a Brewmaster who had this building inspected for him in 1874. At that time, it had two floors with space for seven shops and five rooms on the ground floor, and thirteen rooms on each of the upper floors. In 1901, another floor and decorative facade patterned on Italian Renaissance style was added. I found many Art Nouveau ladies decorating the building.
    Can only be viewed from the outside.

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