The little town is situated in the valley of the Morava Gate (Moravská brána) near the river Bečva, and represents a characteristic example of the colonizing urbanism of the 13th century. The impressive square is decorated with Late Gothic and Renaissance houses from the 15th and the 16th century (incl. The Renaissance Town Hall, later adapted in the Empire style, and two Baroque fountains).
The conspicuous dominant of the town is the Renaissance belfry of the St. James' church from the early 17th century . The Brethren Unity building from the early 16th century reminds us of the significant tradition of the Unitas Fratrum, a protestant religious movement; the building was later rebuilt and used by the Piarists. An exceptional remainder of the local Jewish community is the Gothic synagogue from the late 15th century, one of the oldest in Moravia.