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Visit of Jičín

Sights around the square Wallenstein

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Visit of Jičín
Updated: 02.08.2016
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All major sights that can be seen in Jicin, are located near a large Wallenstein Square and along the pedestrian Hus street. The most famous landmarks are tower Valdice Gate (serving as a lookout tower), the unfinished church of saint James and Jicin palace with a nice garden.  

Wallenstein Square

The historical town center is a large Wallenstein Square surrounded on all sides by houses with arcades. Here we start the city tour. The biggest dominant is the 52 meters high Valdice gate with possibility to climb to the viewing platform – the last of the three towers that once served as part of the town fortification. Right next is the big church of St. Jakub and a baroque castle. There is also a nice fountain with a statue of Amphitrite in the center. The most beautiful walks are here in the late afternoon, when is the square beautifully colored by the sun. But the largest crowds are here on Saturday morning, when there are regular outside markets.

Wallenstein Square
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Other sights at Wallenstein Square

Other buildings at the square are St. Mary's Column and The Crowning well.

Other sights at Wallenstein Square
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The western side of the square

Above the southwest corner of the square protrudes slightly derelict tower of the Church of St. Ignatius.

The western side of the square
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Castle garden

Castle garden has two separate floors – the higher is connected directly to the castle and is full of beautiful mature beeches. At the bottom you will find a blooming flower beds, lawns and lake, where in summer swim small children

Castle garden
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The rest of the city walls

On the east side of the Castle garden is the best preserved part of the city walls that were in other parts of the vast majority, unfortunately demolished. From here is also a nice view to Valdicka tower.

The rest of the city walls
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A large courtyard of Jicin castle

Jičínský castle already has three courtyards. On the largest of them are benches and a fountain. There is relative calm.

A large courtyard of Jicin castle
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Ryneček - square of Freedom

From the castle, continue on the other historical Jicin square Ryneček. But it is sadly derelict part of the historical monuments in Jicin. St. Ignace fortunately slowly correcting, but the adjacent Jesuit College, where was under socialism barracks Russian army still does not use and is in a very dilapidated state.

Ryneček - square of Freedom
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Žižka Square

After passing through the Valdice gate you get to Zizka Square – also with a small fountain. The square works as a connector of old center with newer pedestrian zone.

Žižka Square
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Husova street and fairytale dragon

Hus Street working as pedestrian zone is the main street in the heart of the town connecting Wallenstein Square to the eastern suburbs. It is full of small shops, restaurants and pubs. And a fairytaile dragon is working as a guard here :-)

Husova street and fairytale dragon
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Almost as flags in Tibet

Summer decoration Husova street looks almost as somewhere in Tibet or Ladhak. Relatively interesting is the building of a polyclinic and the memorial of Jan Hus.

 
Almost as flags in Tibet
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Masaryk theater and hotel Prague

Hus Street stretches almost a kilometer away, but the unspoken center ends after about three hundred meters away from Žižka Square near Masaryk theater buildings and nicely renovated Hotel Praha.

Masaryk theater and hotel Prague
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