Monday, September 23, 2013

Czech Republic

I received two postcards today.  The second one was sent from the Czech Republic.

Cheb is a city in the Czech Republic, with a population of approximately 33,000.  It is situated on the river Ohře, near the border with Germany.

source:  wikipedia

On the left side, from top to bottom:

#1 - Cheb Castle
Cheb Castle was built in the 12th century.

#2 - Spalicek
Spalicek is an area of 11 medieval houses from the 14th century, located at the bottom of the Town Square.  The two blocks of narrow three- and four-story houses are divided by the very narrow Kramarska Street.

#3 - Municipal Theatre
This Neo-Renaissance style theater was built in the 1870's.

#4 - Franciscan Monastery Garden
The garden was originally an orchard and vegetable garden of the Franciscan monks.  It was restored in 2002.

In the middle:

#5 - St. Nicholas Cathedral
This Roman Catholic church was built in the early 13th century as a Romanesque basilica.  It is the oldest church in Cheb.

On the right side, from top to bottom:

#6 - Black Tower
The Black Tower is part of the Cheb Castle and is made of volcanic stone.

#7 - Town Square
The Town Square is huge and full of beautifully decorated, restored buildings.  Nearly every building in the square is of historical importance.

#8 - former Church of St. Klara
This was the Church of St. Klara, built between 1708 and 1712.  Today, it is a concert and exhibition hall of the National Gallery of Fine Arts.

#9 - Town Hall
The Town Hall was built between 1722 and 1728.  Today, it showcases a fine arts gallery.

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