This Official Postcrossing card came to me from Czech Republic! Today we’re looking at the little town of Hořovice, located in the Central Bohemian region (midwestern part of the country). This town dates back to the early 1300s, and there isn’t a whole lot known about its early days. But as you can see here, it’s got a wealth of landmarks to explore. So we’re gonna do this! Not gonna go in order though, and you’ll see why. Let’s start with the bottom-right, which features what is probably the most popular landmark in the town: Hořovice Castle. This was originally built in the 14th century (known now as the “Old Castle”), but reconstructed and extended in the 19th century (“New Castle”). This place holds the museum known as Music Without Musicians, which features instruments that don’t require anyone to play them (for example, music boxes and barrel organs). The top-right panel on the card shows the Old Castle, while bottom-right shows the New Castle. Then bottom-center, we have the Sun Gate, a copper-iron gate that precedes Hořovice Castle. Below the Old Castle (so top-right again, but one panel beneath), we have the Church of the Holy Trinity, built in the 1600s. Barely visible to the left of it is a smaller structure – that’s the Chapel of the Virgin Mary of Loreto, which is said to have been a copy of the Sanctuary of the Holy House in Loreto, Italy. Right across the street (and center panel on this card) is the town hall building – nothing much else to say here, but looks lovely. On the bottom-left we have the monument “The Sacrificed”, a stone memorial created in 1922, dedicated to the Hořovice victims of WWI and located by the New Castle. Next to this monument is a stone plaque that was added in 2012, which bears the names of victims from both WWI and WWII. Finally – and a fun one to leave off on – is the House of Gardeners (right side, third panel from the top), where the annual Onion Fair is held. The Onion Fair is held the first Saturday in October, and features the sale of onions and onion-themed decorations, as well as other general goodies you might find at any festival. Gosh that was a lot to write – the next few posts better be like two lines each. But that was fun to research! Thank you so much for sharing this postcard with me!