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Folk architecture

 
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The Czech Republic is very proud of having preserved to date many examples of folk architecture, not only in terms of individual structures but also entire settlement blocks and quarters.

 

A major sight of this type is the village of Holašovice (South Bohemia), which is so unique that it has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Another example of well-preserved folk architecture is the villages of the Chodsko area (West Bohemia). If you want to see a typical Chodsko village, go to Klenčí pod Čerchovem. The historical center of this small settlement is a protected village zone, offering a view of several typical Chodsko buildings.

Open-air museums

Hundreds of valuable historical structures have been preserved due to open-air museums that have been established. We can, for example, mention the National Heritage Museum of the Polabí Region in Přerov nad Labem (Central Bohemia), which is the oldest open-air museum in the Czech Republic. There you can see 32 residential structures, farmhouses and other small structures featuring the typical folk architecture of the Central Polabí region. Many houses are furnished with period furniture and equipment, and figurines of local people illustrate the traditional lifestyle of the past.

One of the most beautiful open-air museums is the Wallachian Open Air Museum in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm (North Moravia).

Tourists also very much like to visit the Museum of Southeastern Moravia in Strážnice (South Moravia), where they can see expositions of folk architecture in the region called Slovácko. The open-air museum has gradually been built up since 1973 and contains some 65 folk architecture structures.

 

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Added: 05.12.2009
 
 
 

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