Sunday, 25 September 2011

Český Krumlov, Czech Republic

I set my official Postcrossing account inactive for a couple of months this summer. I wasn't sure if I'd have much time to commit for it, and I also figured that would stop cards arriving during the honeymoon in Barcelona and people wouldn't have to wait extra days for their cards to be registered. Anyway, I set it back to active soon after getting back home from Barcelona, and have received LOTS of cards since then. There have been some pretty weird incidents, like receiving some consecutive IDs from same countries - in one occasion I received THREE of these from Bosnia & Herzegovina, and the cards were all the same because the senders (brother & sister) didn't have any other cards available. :D The card below is also one of these consecutive IDs; I received two cards from the same person, from his two accounts. I don't mind, though, as the cards are both beautiful.


Český Krumlov is a small city in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic, best known for the fine architecture and art of the historic old town and Český Krumlov Castle. Old Český Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was given this status along with the historic Prague castle district.

The city is named Český Krumlov ("Bohemian Krumlov") to differentiate it from Moravský Krumlov ("Moravian Krumlov") in the southeast of the country.

Construction of the town and castle began in the late 13th century at a ford in the Vltava River, which was important in trade routes in Bohemia. In 1302 the town and castle were owned by the House of Rosenberg. Emperor Rudolf II bought Krumlov in 1602 and gave it to his natural son Julius d’Austria. Emperor Ferdinand II gave Krumlov to the House of Eggenberg. From 1719 until 1945 the castle belonged to the House of Schwarzenberg. Most of the architecture of the old town and castle dates from the 14th through 17th centuries; the town's structures are mostly in Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles. The core of the old town is within a horseshoe bend of the river, with the old Latrán neighborhood and castle on the other side of the Vltava.

The stamp was issued earlier this year and shows W.A. Mozart.

1 comment:

Nives said...

Beautiful view! Kind of reminds me of Ljubljana (Slovenia)! <3