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Šumava town with a well-preserved Renaissance core

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Prachatice
Inserted: 19.05.2023
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com
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The town of Prachatice is located 35 km west of České Budějovice. It boasts a beautiful historic core, which was declared a city monument zone in 1981. Its location makes it an ideal starting point for trips around Šumava.

Large square

In the very center of the historic core is a large square surrounded by a number of beautifully renovated Renaissance and Neo-Renaissance houses.

Large square
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New townhall
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New townhall

Neo-Renaissance building from 1903. Interesting is the statue of Prachaticia, the protector of the city, located in the nice attic.

National House

The local Sokol bought the house, rebuilt it and opened it in 1903. It served mainly for association activities.

National House
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Heydl House

Renaissance bourgeois house with rich sgraffito decoration.

Heydl House
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Rumple's House

House of the wealthy Rumpal family richly decorated with sgraffito. The house served as a city brewery from 1671.

Rumple's House
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Sitra's house

A Renaissance burgher's house whose current form dates from 1604. The interestingly painted facade by Šebastián Hájek depicts, among other things, ten Czech kings. Now the building houses the Prachatic Museum

Sitra's house
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Prachatic Museum

The floors of the museum are dedicated to the history of the city and its important native Saint Jan N. Neumann.

Prachatic Museum
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The Golden Path exhibition

On the ground floor of the museum, there is an exhibition dedicated to the Golden Path, which was a system of medieval trade routes. Thanks to its location on this road, the city became very rich.

The Golden Path exhibition
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Church of St. Jacob the Greater
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Church of St. Jacob the Greater

The oldest evidence of the existence of this three-aisled church dates from 1359. The southern tower of the church serves as a lookout tower.

Church interior
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Church interior

During a tour of the interior, the mesh vault of the three naves, which is a top example of high-end Gothic architecture, will be of particular interest.

City fortifications

The city of Prachatice has been protected by city walls since the 14th century. The city was entered through two gates. Today, part of the walls and the Lower Gate have been preserved.

City fortifications
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Lower gate

The Lower or Písecká Gate is composed of an outer and an inner gate, which belong to two bands of city walls. The massive outer gate is decorated with sgraffitos of Rosenberg roses.

Lower gate
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