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Exploring UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Part 1 – South Bohemia

 
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The Czech Republic is proud of its rich history, monuments and natural beauties. There are 12 Czech monuments declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

 
 
Two of them can be found in the region of South Bohemia – the historical Český Krumlov (map) town centre, and the village of Holašovice (map) with lovely rural folk architecture.

Český Krumlov (map)

Český Krumlov is located at the very south of the Czech Republic. It is a small town, approximately 25 km south of České Budějovice. At present, it has a population of over 14 thousand. It is a significant South Bohemian tourist centre and, due to its unique historical town centre, is nicknamed the "pearl of South Bohemia". For more than five centuries the town centre has been a great example of a well-preserved central European medieval town. Český Krumlov has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992. It comprises over 300 gothic and renaissance buildings, located around the originally gothic castle on the banks of the Moldau River. The truly unique set of urban buildings, most of them built in the 16th century, and the large premises of the castle and chateau, is the second largest castle complex in the Czech Republic (after Prague Castle).

Holašovice (map)

Holašovice is a small village in South Bohemia, founded in the 13th century. It is located approximately 15 km to the west of České Budějovice, the regional capital. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. It is valuable for local architecture in a style known as selského baroka (peasant Baroque). The buildings come from the 18th and 19th century. There are 22 homesteads around the pond, with decorated baroque gables and a garden in the rear part. The pond used to be a fish pool. The medieval system of combined dwelling and farming buildings, connected with walls, gates and arched passages, is nearly untouched.

Another candidate to be added to the UNESCO World Heritage list is the village of Slavonice (South Bohemia). It is distinctive with late gothic and renaissance houses which form a pleasant, historical town centre.


 
Author: Romana Kuncová
 
Source: www.unesco-czech.cz
 
Added: 26.04.2011
 
 
 

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