B8 – Třebíč (UNESCO SITE) & Telč (UNESCO SITE)

Trip Length:  9-10.5 h according to your choice of sights  

South Moravia: Romanesque Basilica and Historic Jewish Quarter & Historic Town and Its Renaissance Chateau

Tour description:

Třebíč is a small sleepy town and so it shouldn’t be a surprise that it annually hosts a competition in slow pipe smoking! It is also the location of the only Jewish heritage site included in the UNESCO listing outside of Israel, theintact Jewish Quarter with maintained synagogues and a cemetery, entirely exempt from the war horrors of the 20th century. Another site, also listed by UNESCO, is the Romanesque Basilica of St.Procopius of Sázava built in the 13th century within the local Benedictine monastery. It draws particular interest with its harmonious blend of Romanesque and Gothic styles and a beautiful crypt, vaulted over columns with Romanesque capitals.

The town of Telč is located in Moravia, although Bohemia is just around the corner. It is renowned for its picturesque square, composed of houses with arcades and Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque facades. As you walk around, you get a sense that you must be in the midst of a fairy-tale film set. The square and its adjoining Renaissance chateau were enclosed by ramparts surrounded by ponds that provided a double protection for the town. This natural framework makes Telč even more attractive to tourists. Thanks to its picturesque beauty, Telč has also been included among UNESCO world heritage sites.
  • Rear Synagogue – Baroque synagogue, nicknamed the New School, sustained its mystical aura even as the Museum of Jewish Culture was established here.
  • Telč Chateau – a small and charming Renaissance chateau. Its interiors transports us to the period when it was reconstructed in Renaissance style, as well as that when its last owners, the Liechtensteins, traveled on African safaris and brought back all kinds of exotic mementos of their adventures.


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