Telč appeared approximately in the middle of the 13th century at an intersection of two country´s routes. Since 1339 the Telč dominion belonged to the Lords of Hradec. The family of Hradec played an important role in transforming of original water fortress into the graceful Renaissance town. Its renaissance burghers´houses with picturesque baroque gables on the square of Zachariáš of Hradec are surrounded by a protective system of ponds. The gothic castle was rebuilt in the renaissance style at the end of the 16th century.