I get burnt out on castles. The views are great, but after a handful, they blur together.

Town squares are different. They reflect the economy, history, regional or national character, and vibrancy. Some are the hectic hub of a city, but others are calm refuges. Festivals, markets, or protests flare up to occupy the time, or some weirdo decides now is the time to share his horrible accordion skills. It’s a delightful or bothersome public space that’s much less prominent in America. So, a short survey of a handful scattered around Moravia.

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Brno’s Náměstí Svobody (Freedom Square) during a festival on August 16.

 

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Přerov’s Horní náměstí. The statue in the center is of John Amos Comenius, a 16th-century educator who profoundly influenced education in Europe.

 

 

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Self-contained archways line most of the square in Přerov.
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Kopřivnice during a foggy, rainy day. The prominent building was the former administrative headquarters for the communists.
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Also Kopřivnice; the fountain makes the square look worse on this day.
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Nový Jičín’s Masarykovo náměstí is enclosed with connected archways. Used for cover during the rain, and touristy pictures in the sun.
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Opposite view in Nový Jičín.
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Štramberk’s main square from the castle tower, Štramberská Trúba.
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And on the square with Štramberská Trúba in the background.

 

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