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An indoor/outdoor mall, a Middle-Age invention by tmrother

The buildings on this corner of the plaza are real. They do look a lot like Hollywood fake village, but they are on the Přemysl Otakar II Square from the 16th century on, more or less unchanged.
The Archway or Arcade architecture of Southern Bohemia is here well represented. This created the first quasi indoor mall originated in Middle Ages and not in United States in the 1950’s. Designed for the shopkeepers to display their wares and for customers to shop undisturbed by the inclement weather.
The House of Tereza Förster on the left (1565) was Förster toy store, next is #19 ‘By St. George’ (1602), which used to be Karel Paral Super Drugstore, #20 ‘By Red Deer’ (later Kadlec Bakery) , #21 ‘At Golden Cellar’ (today appropriately Money Exchange) and #22 ‘At Golden Star’, now the 3 stars Pension Hradský.
I have recently seen a documentary about Southdale Center designed (1954) by Victor Grünbaum, and immigrant from Vienna. They did not mention this fact, but MeThink, this is where he got the first idea.

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Budweis City Hall, Baroque style, 1730 by tmrother

Budweis City Hall stood on this spot since 1555. The building burned in fire and was rebuild in 1730 by Anton Erhardt Martinelli and Italian architect living in Vienna. The fresh look was achieved by last major renovation in 1999. Its richly decorated façade, makes it on of the most attractive building in the city and shows it’s citizen pride.On the roof are the statues of four supposedly bourgeois virtues: Wisdom, Caution, Courage and Justice. Caution and Courage have to probably fight it out all the time. I would choose probably Awareness, Engagement, Decency (Fairness), and Courteousness. A politician today would prefer Obedience and Ignorance. They are blessed, as many burghers in my city display these traits, when it comes to select a leader. (Current Mayor is actually pretty good choice.)
The Baroque ‘Samson fountain’ in front, is one of the largest of its kind in the country. The base is 17 m in diameter. Build by František Baugaut in 1727. It features sculpture of Samson on the lion.

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Light and the Monastery, Budějovice (Budweis) by tmrother

The Dominican monastery church of the Virgin Mary
I was attracted by the back light illuminating the globes on Přemysl Otakar II Square. The white clock tower with the Baroque dome (1772) visible on this photo is part of large complex of Monastery of Virgin Mary. The construction began in 1265!!
The monastery church of Virgin Mary is the most valuable artistic and historical monument in České Budějovice. There are well preserved paintings, frescoes and murals from 14th and 15th century. It was added to throughout the centuries and different religious groups shaped the architecture. Even during the communist time the church remained in the administration of the parish.
I only had few hours in Budejovice, so no time to visit interior, but I had a dinner in one of the outlying buildings (could have been stable at one time) and enjoyed the evening with Szeged gulash, czech dumplings and of course Budvar (the original Budweiser) beer.

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