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Špalíček

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Category: Houses in the Square

Address: náměstí Krále Jiřího z Poděbrad

 
 
 

Špalíček

The group of medieval town houses known as Špalíček is the symbol of the historical town square in Cheb. The bizarre assembly of 11 houses separated by the narrow Kramářská Lane has been gradually growing on the site of market and meat stalls since the 13th century. The original wooden stalls were replaced by stone structures to which half-timbered floors were added over the centuries. This fact allows for two different interpretations of the origin of its German name “Stock” (i.e. the stacking of floors on top of each other or a butcher’s stock used for meat cutting).

According to the oldest picture from 1472, the ground plan of the two blocks has been largely preserved to our time. Only the third row of the houses with meat shops, which had stood on the west side of the town square, was pulled down in 1809. The remaining houses were at risk of being demolished during the reconstruction of the town between 1956 and 1962 when, due to their dilapidated condition, plans were contemplated for their replacement by a modern structure or for creating a mere silhouette of their outer walls cast from concrete. Finally, a decision was made to launch restoration work in 1960 and Špalíček was spared. It is, however, a mere set decoration consisting of the historical outer walls, while its interior layout, which is hinged to an inner steel structure with concrete ceilings, is completely modern.

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Accessible to the public only during operating hours of the businesses residing here.

 

Contact Information

Address: náměstí Krále Jiřího z Poděbrad

 

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Špalíček. Overall view, 1472

Špalíček. Overall view, 1472

Špalíček. Overall view, 1850

Špalíček. Overall view, 1850

Špalíček. Overall view, 1872

Špalíček. Overall view, 1872

 
Špalíček. Overall view, 12 October 1900. Photo by J. Haberzettl

Špalíček. Overall view, 12 October 1900. Photo by J. Haberzettl

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Špalíček. Overall view, 1953

Špalíček. Overall view, 1953

Špalíček. Overall view, 1960

Špalíček. Overall view, 1960

 
Špalíček. Overall view, 1963

Špalíček. Overall view, 1963

Špalíček. Overall view, 1964

Špalíček. Overall view, 1964

Špalíček. Overall view, 1967

Špalíček. Overall view, 1967

 
Špalíček. Overall view in 1998

Špalíček. Overall view in 1998

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