The Ascension of the Bourgeoisie
The identity and representation of the city
“The structure of baroque cities is dominated by profane as well as religious architecture.”
Mainly two types of cities are distinguishable: royal and tributary. While there are differences in terms of the rights of citizens and their wealth, the urban structure is basically the same. The rulers built government buildings (i.e., the castle and town hall), fountains, the parish church, the Maria or Holy Trinity Column, the monastery and a hospital. The most important palaces surround the main squares and market-places. Most baroque cities respected the medieval urban structure, but there are also interesting examples of early urban planning.

Telč, Moravia, Czech Republic
David Lipart (active in Brtnice, 1715–1718) Václav Kovanda, František J. Hamb, Karel Škréta (1610–1674, Prague), Jan Jiří Heinsch (1647 Kladsko – 1712 Prague) Daniel Gran (1694 Vienna – 1757 St. Pölten), Ignác Raab (1711 Nechanice – 1787 Velehrad), Kaspar Ober, Josef L. Daisinger
The town grew up around a royal homestead, at the crossroads of busy trading routes. Its present appearance dates to the second half of the 16th century, when the chateau was rebuilt as the seat of the provincial governor.