"Historical city on Olza" Cieszyn by Jarin

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Cieszyn, is a historical city with the medieval street layout and its picturesque old town square with buildings dating to 15th-19th centuries. Till 1919 was the city ruled by Piast dukes and Habsburg family. In 1920 the town of Cieszyn was divided in two parts: right bank of the Olza River remained Cieszyn (Polish) and the left bank was named Cesky Tesin (Czech Cieszyn). Most of the historical buildings are on the right bank, so on the Polish side. The city was founded according to a legend beginning of 9th century, but an archaeological research on the Castle Hill points to an even earlier settlement, around 500 B.C.

Not only the monuments are worth to see, but the city is known by Czechs as a cheap place for food, vegetables, fruits and other products, which you can buy on the street markets, which are held everyday except on Sunday. With nice weather you can enjoy some refreshment on a terrace.

  • Last visit to Cieszyn: Aug 2005
  • Intro Updated Sep 12, 2005
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