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Castle Horšovský Týn

Horšovský Týn lies about 12 kilometers north of Domažlice. The origin of the castle lies in the 13th century. It includes a residential palace, an impressive chapel of the Holy Trinity and entrance gates at west and the east side.

kasteel_horsovsky_tyn_2.jpgThe complex belonged to the properties of the Prague archbishops.
Archbishop Arnošt of Pardubice started the first rebuild of the castle in the middle of the 14th century.

The Renaissance style was used in the buildings that were constructed between 1547 and 1560. During that time architect Agostino Galli, by the order of Jan of Lobkovice, build the bishop's palace and leveled out the surface of the courtyard of the castle. His most noticeable work was the adding of buildings at the most outward walls of the castle.

horsovsky_tyn_1.jpgDuring the Renaissance-period a settlement grew around the castle. The main square and the nearby streets are decorated with houses in the Renaissance and Baroque building style.

The most remarkable parts of the castle are the beautiful chapel of the Holy Trinity and also the knights hall in Renaissance style. The decoration of the other rooms that are included in the guided tour include: weapons, paintings, tapestries and a collection chandeliers from the 18th and 19th century.

Because the castle and the surrounding buildings have been rebuild and enlarged through the ages the complex is a good example of what has been the local interpretation of the various building styles through the ages. This makes a visit to the castle more than worthwhile.

There is a very good website of the castle in English.

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Opening hours:
January - March only for ordered groups of 10 persons or more only
April Saturday and Sunday* 9:00 - 16:00
May Tuesday through Sunday 9:00 - 16:00
June - August Tuesday through Sunday 9:00 - 17:00
September Tuesday through Sundayg 9:00 - 16:00
October Saturday and Sunday* 9:00 - 16:00
26.12.-1.1. Monday through Sunday 10:00 - 15:00
*on weekdays open for groups of 10 or more only
- the last guided tour starts at closing time.