Salamanca, İspaniya, Plaza Mayor

Meydan 1729-cu ildə V Filipin sifarişi ilə və əsas meyarı buğa döyüşləri üçün bir ərazinin olması məqsədilə inşa edilmişdir. Bu gün İspaniyanın, hətta Avropanın ən gözəl meydanlarından biri hesab olunur. Yerləşdiyi ərazi paradoksal bir illüziya təqdim edir. Yerdən baxıldıqda mükəmməl düzbucaqlıya bənzəsə də, havadan çəkilmiş fotoşəklində nizamsız olduğu görünür. Meydanın ərazisini əhatə edən və müəyyənləşdirən binaların barokko üslubundakı fasadları ilk baxışdan mükəmməl simmetrik görünür, amma əslində hər iki tərəf eyni hündürlüyə malik deyil. Salamanka meydanı bir neçə kitabın mövzusu olub və bugün İspan meydanlarının mütləq modelidir.

Náměstí Zachariáše z Hradce from Telč, Czech Republic

Founded in 1354, in a thick forest, on the spot where two roads crossed next to waterways at the border between Moravia, Bohemia and Austria, Telč (or Teltsch in German), had the misfortune of experiencing a great fire two centuries later. The city was quickly rebuilt following the original plan, but with modifications which took into account the evolution of building styles and techniques. The Gothic castle was remade in the Renaissance style and lofts were built for the houses in the square. The houses received painted façades, which were later replaced in the 18th century with rococo and baroque ones. The medieval Gothic arch on the ground floor remained unchanged. It is continuous, uniting all the houses in the square. Two churches were built and a plague column was dedicated to Saint John Nepomuk, flanked by two fountains. Towards the end of the 18thcentury, time suddenly stopped in Telč, with the end of its age of glory and economic development. The city reached our times without further changes, unaffected by industrialisation and, through some miracle, without socialist blocks. It is straight out of a book of folk tales. The map of the city is practically synonymous with the triangular square. One step outside of it carries you to the yellow canola fields of the Bohemian hills.