Manětín is the town that I had assigned to July in my photo project for this year so here I am to share some of the photos I took there and liked best. 35 photos again, as for the previous towns.
Manětín is just a small town with about 1200 inhabitants but it’s well known for its Baroque chateau, buildings and statues. It’s sometimes even called a Baroque pearl of West Bohemia. The town acquired its Baroque look after the fire that occurred in 1712 and burnt most of the town buildings including the church and chateau. They had to be rebuilt and repaired and Baroque was the style of the time.
Quite a few people come to visit the chateau. I liked that the chateau’s garden in its inner yard is connected to a park and is open to the public freely so even if you don’t want to participate in a guided tour, you can walk around smelling the flowers or sit on a bench by a fountain and enjoy nice weather and view.
I have to add that I was looking forward to all the Baroque history but when my hubby and I started walking the streets, I fell taken aback by many buildings looking like from the fifties or so. After the velvet revolution in 1989 when the communist government fell, many towns got a new coat but here in some places it looked like the time stopped long ago.
Let me remind you again that the following selection of my photos is not meant to be any representation of the town, it just reflects the variety that captured my attention.
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