Horšovský Týn

Horšovský Týn is the town assigned to February in my photo project for this year and because today is the last day of the month, I am here to share some of the photos I took. I opted for the same number of photos as in my post on Žinkovy which is 35.

Horšovský Týn is a very old town that went through many changes. The first written reference to it comes from 1184, it was pronounced a town in the fourteenth century. In 1953, the town was declared an urban conservation area. Nowadays about 5,000 inhabitants live there.

There is a castle in the town (built in the 13th century and rebuilt in 1550) offering several guided tours, former Capuchin monastery (built in 1654 and dissolved in 1950, then it was converted into a food warehouse), and several churches (with history reaching back to the 13th century but probably not used much nowadays). There are many beautiful old houses in the historic part of the town. Some of the buildings are repaired, some are dilapidated, the castle itself would need a new coat. It must be very difficult for such a small town to acquire finances for the repairs.

Again, the selection of the photos is not meant to be any representation of the town, it just reflects certain variety that captured my attention.

Click on the photos to enlarge them if you want to see more.

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12 Comments

  1. Horšovský Týn is a colorful and picturesque little town. The architecture is so interesting. I’m fascinated by the little doors or windows on the third stories, or maybe they are attics used for storage. I enjoyed the series of images of windows and doors. The “shadow people” on the wall of the one building certainly draw the eye…and the camera. And, of course, being a nature lover, I loved your photos from the Castle Park, especialy that path through the trees. Your photography is beautiful, and I enjoyed them all.

    1. Linda, thank you, I’m pleased to hear you like the collection. This town was very different from the previous one, a different challenge and experience altogether. I thought I had more than enough photos but when preparing the post, I wished we had time for at least one more visit. Sometimes just a bit different angle or distance would do wonders for the photographs.

  2. There are so many interesting shots in this set that I can’t pick a favorite. I love the softer colors of the buildings and the details you chose to photograph. Your photography is taking on a slightly different look, as you go from place to place. I really enjoy your tours!

    1. Sandy, thank you for your warm words. I agree, this collections looks different from the previous one, I’ve had the same feeling. The look is definitely influenced by the towns themselves, their feel and charisma, I’m quite curious to see the next one. 🙂

  3. How wonderful to know of this town, this very old town! I enjoyed your photos, my two favorites are the aged wooden doors that are side by side … thanks for sharing them and such great history.

  4. Wow! Such a lovely town. I can imagine you could walk through the streets for hours photographing and never getting bored. The castle and monastery sound like a great place to visit. The colors of the buildings are beautiful against the blue sky. The watch tower may be my favorite but, I always love old doors, especially when there are plants sitting out front. Thank you for taking us to visit the town today.

    1. Michelle, thank you for your warm words. The monastery is closed, nevertheless I read that it should be repaired. Frankly, I’m a bit sceptical about that but we’ll see. The castle has an interesting history and I hope that one day we might take the guided tour to get inside. The old centre looks quite picturesque, I love those colours and shapes. There would be more to photograph for sure.

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