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This is a prime example of diamond vaulting (sometimes also called celar vaulting), found in the entrance hall of one of the houses in the square of Slavonice.

Slavonice, like the nearby town of Telč, saw a building boom in the mid 1500s, when Zacharias of Hradec, to whose estate both towns belonged, brought Italian architects to rebuild his castle in Telč. The local merchants did not want to stay behind and hired the architects to work on their houses, producing these two gems of little towns. In a way, Slavonice is a bit more authentic, as it declined economically over time, and unlike in Telč, people did not have the money to rebuild their houses in later periods. Consequently, most of the facades still boast beautiful sgraffiti, while in Telč, there are many houses with Baroque, Rococo and Classicist facades.

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