Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Other parts - 1 - Litomysl


My Czech travel business gives me the most wonderful justification for going on trips to various parts of the Czech Republic. I have a customer for whom I'm organising a fly-drive holiday aroung some of the best of Czech countryside and towns, so of course I have to go and check the hotels out, don't I! Over the last four days I have been up in the north visiting Bohemian Switzerland, the Bohemian Paradise area, and Litomysl, and I managed to call in on Hlinsko on the way back too. I have taken loads of photos and so over the next few posts I thought I would do some photographic blogposts about what I've seen. So let us begin with Litomysl.


Litomysl is like Cesky Krumlov on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. It has a wonderful arcaded square, the highlight in which is for me the Knights House (now used as a gallery). The facade of the house is decorated with a series of carved knights.

Litomysl's Renaissance Palace is covered with the most incredible sgraffito decoration. The decoration on the outside is just amazing:

But the work on the inner wall of the courtyard is even more spectacular and include this portrayal of the Battle of the Malvian Bridge.
 I cannot do justice to the Palace and its decoration in this blog, you will just have to visit Litomysl yourself.

Litomysl's other main claim to fame is that it is the birthplace of Czech composer - Smetana. The town plays host to a major international music festival in June - the Smetanova. I came across this fountain - currently dry for the winter - in which children were playing. What a photograph cannot portray is the fact that speakers built into the wall were playing music by Smetana.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a fascinating place!I had included Litomysl in the list for my trip to the CR next year, but for the fact that it is home of Josef Vachal's Museum or Portmoneum, a very interesting house where everything (furniture, walls, ceilings and floors) are hand-painted by Vachal.
Now, thanks to your post I see that there are another equally interesting places there and I'm sure I'll have a great stay in Litomysyl, with so many things to see and admire. Thank you!

Ana said...

What a fascinating place!I had included Litomysl in the list for my trip to the CR next year, but for the fact that it is home of Josef Vachal's Museum or Portmoneum, a very interesting house where everything (furniture, walls, ceilings and floors) are hand-painted by Vachal.
Now, thanks to your post I see that there are another equally interesting places there and I'm sure I'll have a great stay in Litomysyl, with so many things to see and admire. Thank you!
Ana

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