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    OLD CZECH HOMES

    by balhannah Written Jan 19, 2014

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    Not all the buildings in Litomysl have been restored and are well looked after. Where we parked out car quite close to the Chateau, we had a chance to see a couple of the original old Czech homes. Also, as we left town, we saw some more.
    The house had extremely high long roofs and the living part looked quite squat.
    Quite interesting to see the different styles of yester year till today!

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    THE ARCADES IN SMETANA SQUARE

    by balhannah Written Jan 19, 2014

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    Another plus for me and Litomysl were the beautiful renaissance shopping arcades and the store fronts. Nearly all of the Arcades have been preserved and are original. They were built so the people doing their shopping on a rainy day could keep their feet dry.

    The shop fronts were what I hadn't seen anywhere else in the Czech republic. Most of them were made from wood. Quite a few were stained dark and looked very attractive, and others were a lighter colour - all looked very attractive! This was one of the most beautiful shopping arcades I had seen in the Czech Republic.

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    SMETANA TOWN SQUARE

    by balhannah Written Jan 19, 2014

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    This would have to be one of nicest town squares in the Czech Republic - my opinion.
    It really isn't square, it is a long and wide street. The square was originally formed alongside a trading route, so I guess this is how the shape came to be.

    I lovely the variety and colour of the buildings in the square. The styles are baroque, classical and Empire, quite a few with gables or attics and many have beautiful stucco work.
    Once they were all wooden, but fire came and burnt many to the ground, so today most of the foundations are old and the upper parts are from the 18th and 19th centuries.

    A walk up and down the square like I did is a must. It was quite busy!

    The square did have gates once. The Lower City Gate of 1536, which guarded the entrance to the town from Vysoke Myto, stood until 1835, and the Upper (German) Gate was demolished in 1822..
    From the square there are views of the Chateau and a statue of the composer Bedrich Smetana, after who the square is named. One of the neo-gothic buildings is where Alois Jirasek lived following his arrival in Litomysl. On the building at 81/82, there is a stucco relief of a bear, this was once the Black Bear Inn.
    On the other side between buildings 97 and 98, there is a narrow street which in the 14th & 15th centuries was known as the "weavers' street." Today it is known as "Dead Man's Walk", because of the funeral processions heading along this street to the cemetery.
    On house no. 117 there is a relief showing the coat of arms of the Pernstejns from 1548.

    Most importantly, this is where you find the TOURIST INFO CENTRE at house no. 71.
    Opening Times
    April - September
    Mon - Fr 8.30 - 6pm Saturday & Sunday 9- 2pm
    October - March
    Mon - Fr 8.30 -5pm Sa 9.00-12.00 Sunday closed
    They sell telephone cards, maps (tourist, cycling tourist, water maps, guide books and atlas), city guide, postcards, DVD, CD, books, and souvenirs.

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    THE SMETANA HALL

    by balhannah Written Jan 19, 2014

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    Smetana Hall behind the sculpture

    Litomysl has no shortage of beautiful buildings! The Smetana Hall is another one built in lovely neo-renaissance style with some art nouveau elements. I only saw the exterior, so I can only tell you that on reading about the interior and seeing photos, it looks quite magnificent.

    Major events are held here including the international Opera festival, Smetana's Litomyšl, music festival, Young Smetana Litomyšl - a competition of choirs.
    Other cultural and social events take place - dance classes and Balls, where the ladies have a chance to dress in their finest clothes and enjoy the evening.

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    "THE BLOODY NOVEL"

    by balhannah Written Jan 19, 2014

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    Váchalova Street is a street decorated with sgrafitto, a street which I think is a MUST SEE.
    It is not old sgrafitto, but new, as it was completed in 1998. The scenes represent woodcarvings from Váchal’s novel, " The Bloody Novel."

    A small house at 75 Tereza Nováková street also has a link to the "Bloody Novel."
    This is Josef Portmans house which was painted inside by his friend Vachal, not in in the normal way though. Portman requested odd things. He wanted everything on the inside of his house painted with devils, demons, serpents, monsters, evil, horror paintings. He had been experiencing bad night terrors and thought this may be a way of being rid of them. So Vachal did this for his best friend. Later they had a fall-out.

    This house is now the Portmoneum Museum, named the "Portmoneum" by Josef Váchal after his book "The Bloody Novel."

    ADDRESS - Terézy Novákové 75, Litomyšl

    ADMISSION IN 2014
    Adults 60,- CZK
    Children, students, seniors 40,- CZK
    Family entrance fee 120,- CZK

    OPENING HOURS
    April and October 9- 12 noon & 1 - 5pm, (Saturday and Sunday)
    May to September 9- 12 noon & 1 - 5pm CLOSED MONDAYS

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    TRAIL OF FAMOUS PEOPLE - ALOIS JIRASEK

    by balhannah Updated Jan 19, 2014

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    Statue of Alois Jir��sek

    Located around Litomysl are bronze plaques attached to many of the buildings of which you can follow to see monuments and places where famous people once lived in Litomysl.
    Important people were composer Bedøich Smetana, writers Bozena Nemcova and Tereza Novakova, the astronomer Zdenek Kopal, the naturalist Jan Evangelista Purkyne. I didn't know many of these people, but if your from Europe you may.

    I found the statue of the famous Czech author, Alois Jirasek - (1851-1930) on my walk. Alios lived for a long period of time in Litomysl and held the position as a professor of history. He devoted his life to writing. You will find statues of this famous man in many Czech cities.

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    PEDAGOGICAL SCHOOL

    by balhannah Written Jan 19, 2014

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    Pedagogical school

    What a beautiful renaissance building this was!

    This building opened its doors in 1907 as a student teaching institute. It is the only college in the Czech Republic where they can educate future teachers. Students can choose between a focus on Leisure education, Preschool Education and Special Education.

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    CHURCH OF THE DISCOVERY OF THE HOLY CROSS

    by balhannah Updated Jan 19, 2014

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    Church of the discovery of the Holy cross.

    This Church was another building that was surrounded by mess because of renovations.
    No entry was allowed. Major artists worked on decorating this Church. I could see the statues of the four evangelist, that was all though! The vault of the dome was painted in 1728, but was destroyed by fire and has never been replaced. The organ, the same, has been left to rot!

    In 1958, the Church was officially recognized as being in a state of disrepair and over many years, restoration has taken place and still is in 2013. One day, they will eventually finish!

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    CHATEAU LITOMYSL

    by balhannah Updated Jan 19, 2014

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    Before I left home, I had decided I wanted to visit Chateau Litomysl.
    We arrived at the Chateau and easily found a car park, fancy that! I thought a car park would have been hard to find. So, after locking the car, I head to the entrance and guess what! no entry - Chateau closed because of renovations! Oh no!
    It was meant to be open and wasn't, extensive renovations were being carried out.

    So, I will tell you a little that I know about this huge UNESCO listed Italian styled Renaissance Chateau.
    Maria Manrique de Lara received this magnificent Castle as a gift from her husband "Vratislav of Pernštejn." He must have thought a lot of her!

    I had read there are 8,000 thousand sgraffitoes on facades and gables, and two large-scale battle scenes in the main courtyard, all created by Italian masters. From where I was standing, the building looked like bricks, they weren't, instead were designs made from etching away plaster to reveal the undercoat. Each design is different and the centres contain many different images, from leaves to people. I love looking at these and try to work out the stories they tell - alas, this time it wasn't to be!
    Located in the Chateau is a preserved Baroque theatre from 1797, one of only five left in the world. Rooms on the second floor were built in the 1790’s in classicism style and have both geometrical and landscape wall paintings.
    The castle was the birth place of composer Bedøich Smetana, and the rooms in which he spent the first years of his life are open to the public..
    In 1999 the chateau was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

    Check the website for photos of the interior of the Chateau.

    OPEN
    April - Saturday, Sunday, Bank Holiday 10 am - 4 pm at 3 pm
    May -Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 4 pm
    June -Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 5 pm
    July - Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 6 pm
    August - Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 6 pm
    September - Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 5 pm
    October - Saturday, Sunday, Bank Holiday 10 am - 4 pm

    Last guided tour starts an hour before the closing hour.
    CLOSED - November to March

    The garden opens at 7 am, it closes at 9 pm

    ADMISSION IN 2014

    Guided Tour I in Czech - 50 min.
    Adult 120 CZK
    Child, student, senior citizen - 70 CZK
    Family -2 adults + 2 or more children -310 CZK

    Tour in a foreign language - Adult 240 CZK Child, student, senior citizen -140 CZK

    Rare exhibition – Historical pianos
    Adult - 70 CZK
    Child, student, senior citizen - 40 CZK

    Reservations +420 461 615 067

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    OLD TOWN HALL TOWER

    by balhannah Written Jan 19, 2014

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    The old town hall and its tower are located in Smetana Square. Both were built in 1418 and today are the oldest parts of the building still standing. The baroque façade is from the 18th century, and an unusual modern astrological clock from 1907. Into the town hall wall, is the "Litomysl cubit." Years ago, this was used by merchants as a measuring device for material at the marketplace.

    Litomysl has suffered from flooding, the worst was in 1781, when a large part of the square was devasted. Beside the old Town Hall is an explanatory notice and also where the water level was in 1781.

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    THE KNIGHTS HALL

    by balhannah Written Jan 19, 2014

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    The Knights Hall

    One of the first attractive buildings I saw, was the Knight's Hall or Dum U Rytiru.
    The stone façade is decorated with figures and patterns, and is well worth stopping to take a look at and a photo! The sculptures are of two Knights who stand either side of the central window, and a student, a merchant, a mermaid, a lion and a unicorn.

    The building was built in Renaissance style in the 1540s, and is quoted as "one of the jewels of renaissance architecture in the Czech Republic." It is stonemason Blazek, who is believed to have worked on the Chateau, who added a renaissance gable which was replaced by an Empire style attic following the fire of 1814 - this survives to this day.
    Inside the renaissance ceiling has been preserved, as have the relief stone pillars. Since 1977, the building has been used as an exhibition hall.

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    church near castle

    by barbipez Written Jun 17, 2004

    church near the castle, beautiful gardens, interesting statues, there's a university there, with a dormitory.

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    birthplace of smetana

    by barbipez Written Jun 17, 2004

    to come soon.

    castle

    birthplace of smetana

    they hold concerts in the courtyard

    beautiful grounds

    nice architecture

    a museum also

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