Liechtenstein Palace at Prague's Kampa, used by the government on the
occasion of special conferences and for international delegations, will be
open to the public over the course of Friday, a national holiday marking
the events of November 17,1989 and November 17,1939, the former the start
of the Velvet Revolution which brought down communism in Czechoslovakia.
Tours of the palace interiors will be possible from 10 am to 4 pm, government spokesman Martin Ayrer confirmed.
Liechtenstein Palace, dating back to the 17th century, has stately apartments which were used by world leaders on official visits, including Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the king of Spain Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
A priceless wooden church in Hradec Kralove –the Church of St.Nicolas-
dating back to the beginning of the 17th century is getting special
protection after two wooden historic buildings were ravaged by fire and
The most recent loss was the wooden church in Trinec Guty from 1563 which was burnt to the ground in August. Even its bells melted in the blaze and its wood carved interiors and precious paintings from the first half of the 16th century were irretrievably lost.
The wooden church in Hradec Kralove now has an early fire alarm system which would set off a mechanism to put out the fire within minutes if no immediate response to the alarm is registered. The church in Guty burnt down in the middle of the night in a case of suspected arson.
Brno has been accepted as a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network,
which fosters cooperation among cities that support creativity “as a
strategic factor for sustainable urban development”. The Moravian capital
is the second Czech city to make it onto the list, which has just been
expanded to take in 64 new locations.
Brno is included in the UNESCO network as a “creative city of music” while Prague features in its literature category. A total of 180 cities in 72 countries are involved.
An exhibition about the famous Tugendhat Villa by Mies van der Rohe is currently on display in the City of Prague Museum. The travelling exhibition on the history of the UNESCO landmark was prepared by the Villa Tugendhat Study and Documentation Centre and has already made 25 stops around the world, including the Royal Institute of British Architects in London, or the Bohemian National Hall in Manhattan.
Built on a small hill called Zelená hora near Žďár nad Sázavou, it is one of the most spectacular and yet unassuming sights in the Czech Republic. The architectural significance of the church on the border of the historic lands of Bohemia and Moravia was officially recognized by UNESCO in 1994 when it became the third site in the country to be included in the World Heritage List – preceded only by Prague and the city of Telč.
The Day of Jewish Monuments is held around the Czech Republic on Sunday. Over 50 heritage sites, including synagogues, Jewish cemeteries and other buildings, will be open to visitors for free or for a reduced fee. Among them is the Jubilee Synagogue in Prague or one of the country’s oldest Jewish cemeteries in Kolín. The event is organised by Jewish communities in Prague, Brno and Teplice along with the Federation of Jewish Communities and Matana, the administrative body for Jewish buildings and cemeteries. Some 200 synagogues and 370 Jewish cemeteries have been preserved to this day in the Czech Republic.
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