In Telč there were originally only houses built of wood. After a fire in the late 14th century, the town was rebuilt in stone, surrounded by walls and further strengthened by a network of artificial ponds. The town’s Gothic castle was reconstructed in High Gothic style in the late 15th century.
The later Middle Ages in central Europe saw the ‘plantation’ of planned settlements in areas of virgin forest for reasons of political control and economic expansion, and Telč is the best-preserved surviving example. It preserves its original layout and the castle-settlement relationship very clearly.
The town is located near the south-western border between Moravia and Bohemia, in a region that was thickly forested until the 13th century.
Besides the monumental 17th century Renaissance chateau with an English-style park (a rebuilding of original Gothic castle), the most significant sight is the town square, a unique complex of long urban plaza with well-conserved Renaissance and Baroque houses with high gables and arcades.
Since 1992 it is a Unesco site.
Thanks to Kevan for the postcard.