Jičín / Arcaded town square

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At the beginning of the 14th century, the area now occupied by Valdštejn Square was a staked, rectangular area with three roads leading to the town's Prague, Holín and Valdice gates.

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  • VALDŠTEJN (WALLENSTEIN) SQUARE
  • VALDŠTEJN (WALLENSTEIN) CHATEAU
  • THE ARCADED COURTYARD
  • THE CHURCH OF ST JAMES
  • THE CHURCH OF ST. IGNATIUS
  • VALDICE GATE
  • CHATEAU PARK AND TOWN FORTIFICATIONS 
  • SYNAGOGUE 
  • JEWISH SCHOOL 
  • JEWISH STREET 

The houses and town fortifications were built of wood at this time. The church of St. Ignáce was built during the reign of the House of Vartemberk at the turn of the 15th century.

The oldest brick buildings that we can see today on Valdštejn Square date from the end of the 15th century and the reign of the House of Trčka of Lípa. During the middle of the 16th century, the aforementioned gates and fortifications were rebuilt in brick. Today only the Valdice Gate and a few remnants of the town fortifications in the south-east of the square can be seen. At the same time the townhouses were built or re-built in a Renaissance style.

At the beginning of the 17th century, Zikmund Smiřicky converted the late-Gothic seat of the House of Trčka into a Renaissance chateau.

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