Top Historic Sights in Cheb, Czech Republic

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St. Nicholas Church

The Church of St. Nicholas (Kostel svatého Mikuláše ) is a three-aisled basilica in Cheb, built in the 13th century. The first written mention of the church refers to the year 1239, when one of the side altars was supposedly consecrated. In 1258 the emperor ceded the patronage rights to the Teutonic Order , which retained it until the end of the 16th century. The lower parts of both towers and the west portal are m ...
Founded: 13th century | Location: Cheb, Czech Republic

Cheb Castle

History of the Cheb Castle began in early 12th century, when in the place of the former Slavonic settlement the second oldest castle in our territory was built. Its following destiny is narrowly connected with the mighty imperial dynasty of the Hohenstaufs. The famous Fredrik I Barbarossa later majestically extended the castle and changed it into a sumptuous pfalz (palatinate). The torso of once majestic palace, the massi ...
Founded: 12th century | Location: Cheb, Czech Republic

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Caerleon Roman Amphitheatre

Built around AD 90 to entertain the legionaries stationed at the fort of Caerleon (Isca), the impressive amphitheatre was the Roman equivalent of today’s multiplex cinema. Wooden benches provided seating for up to 6,000 spectators, who would gather to watch bloodthirsty displays featuring gladiatorial combat and exotic wild animals.

Long after the Romans left, the amphitheatre took on a new life in Arthurian legend. Geoffrey of Monmouth, the somewhat imaginative 12th-century scholar, wrote in his History of the Kings of Britain that Arthur was crowned in Caerleon and that the ruined amphitheatre was actually the remains of King Arthur’s Round Table.

Today it is the most complete Roman amphitheatre in Britain.