Jicin Travel Guide

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    Jicin
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    Trosky Castle ruins
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    Trosky Castle ruins
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Jicin Things to Do

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    by balhannah Written Jan 4, 2014

    On my walk around the historic centre I came across the remains of the fortification walls. These ramparts were built by Wallenstein around 1632, from large regular sandstone blocks. The ones I found were near Valdice Gate. They surround the chateau garden on the east and south, where they end in a bastion. The other south-west bastion is preserved behind house No. 12 adjoined by a former Wallenstein armoury.
    Other places you can see the old walls are on the eastern side behind houses No. 94 to 81, then on the north-west side behind houses No. 33 to 65, on the south behind houses No. 12 to 21. The bastions have been preserved behind house No. 85 and partly behind house No. 103.

    Ramparts in Jicin
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    by balhannah Written Jan 3, 2014

    The square in Jièín was established by Count Albrecht von Wallenstein.
    As with many Czech squares, this one is surrounded by quite brightly coloured historical town- houses. Most are of either Renaissance or early Baroque architecture, with one or two floors and wide arcades. After a big fire in 1840, they were reconstructed and look really good now.
    The house numbers to look for are- 2,3,33,34,36,38,43 and 99.

    There are several Fountains in the square.
    The first I saw was a classicist fountain built in 1835 with a central sculpture of ancient goddess Amphitrite.
    The other was the Empire Coronation Fountain, built in honor of Ferdinand V. It is in the form of a small temple and stands about 7 metres high.

    A Marian column – Virgin Mary Statue was erected here in 1702. At the base of this 6 metre hight Corinthian column, there are statues of four angels and on the top is a statue of the Virgin Mary standing on the globe.

    It's a nice square to wander around, and I found the shopping not bad for price either!

    Wallenstein Square Amphitrite Fountain in town square Jicin Empire Coronation Fountain Jicin Jicin Wallenstein square Lovely arcades to walk under in Wallenstein Square
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    by balhannah Written Jan 3, 2014

    Construction of the Church of St. James Church began in 1629 and wasn't completed till 1634. Even then, the four side domes and towers were never completed.

    I was able to see the interior of this Church and it was much nicer than the outside!
    The large dome was painted in triangles, and in each triangle was an evangelist - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. In the transept below the cornice were four Western church fathers: St. Ambrose, St. Augustine, St. Gregory the great and St. George.

    The main altarpiece has a painting capturing the scene of the battle when Ramiro of León defeated Saraceny in 844. James is on a white horse in amongst the Spaniards. The statues on both sides of the altar are the Apostles St. Peter & St Paul.

    There are side altars St. Family, and St. Anna and the Virgin Mary and the Sacred heart of our Lord. These are of high Baroque architecture and include sculptural decoration and are lovely.
    Marble slabs in the presbytery are a reminder of the victims of the Austro-Prussian War.
    The organ is from 1903.

    On the outside of the building, I could see a corridor which connected to the Chateau, this was added in 1768.

    It's a lovely Church and one worth taking the time to look at the inside.

    St. James the great church Main Altar St. James the Great Church Side Altar St. James the Great Church Side Altar St. James the Great Church Corridor to the Chateau
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Jicin Off The Beaten Path

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    by balhannah Updated Jan 3, 2014

    Located approx. 18kms from Jicin and 25kms from Mala Skala are the interesting ruins of Trosky Castle. We could easily see the ruins from the road as they were sitting high on volcanic basalt rock reaching high above the plains below. The castle Towers were what really stuck out. The western Towere is named "Baba" (Old Woman) and the eastern Tower is called" Panna" (Virgin). This Castle is the symbol of this area known as the Czech Paradise.

    ABOUT THE CASTLE
    The castle was founded by the knight Cenek of Vartenberg at the end of the 14th century as a beautiful and impregnable residence. After his death, King Wenceslas IV became the owner for a while, then in 1438, the castle fell in the hands of robber barons. The army was sent to try and remove them - eventually they were successful! Then the Castle changed hands many more times before the 30 years war when it burnt to the ground.

    At present, the castle is the property of the Czech state is and it's being restored.

    As I looked at this Castle, I could see why it was built here and why it was hard to capture.
    There is allegedly an extensive network of cellars and escape routes underneath it leading into the surrounding sandstone rocks and underground caves.

    The castle and the observation platform are open to public.

    OPENING TIMES
    April, October - Saturday, Sunday and holidays 9 am-4 pm
    May to August - daily except Monday 9 am-5.30 pm
    September - daily except Monday 9 am-4 pm

    ADMISSION PRICES
    Full entrance fee: 60,00 CZK
    Family entrance fee: 160,00 CZK Max. 2 adults and 3 children
    Children: 40,00 CZK children up to the age of 15 years
    Students: 40,00 CZK
    Senior citizens: 40,00 CZK senior citizens over the age of 65 years
    Tours outside of opening hour: 120,00 CZK

    Trosky Castle ruins Trosky Castle ruins Trosky Castle ruins
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Jicin Favorites

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    by ealgisi Updated Jan 5, 2010

    Favorite thing: The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.

    Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in Czech Republic:

    Police: 158
    Ambulance: 155
    Fire: 150
    Municipal police: 156

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