Nearly a thousand cultural and historical sites as well as technical monuments across the Czech Republic will open to the public for free during the European Heritage Days starting this weekend. Over the course of nine days, people will get the chance to see hundreds of sites many of which are not normally accessible to the public.
More than 900 heritage sights in 150 Czech towns and villages will open to the public free of charge within the European Heritage Days held September 3-11, the ctk news agency says.The European Heritage Days traditionally offer access to architectonic and archaeological sights, sacral buildings as well as museums, galleries, libraries in 48 European countries. In the Czech Republic, not only official cultural heritage sites, but also many private and public buildings, such as town halls, courts, church institutions, schools and residential houses, which are normally not accessible, will open their doors to the public in the course of that week.
The first Day of Jewish Monuments is held in the Czech Republic on Sunday. Over 40 heritage sites around the country, including synagogues, Jewish cemeteries and other buildings, will be open to visitors for a reduced fee. Among them are ten synagogues and Jewish buildings recently reconstructed under the “Ten Stars project.” The event is organised by Jewish community in Prague and coincides with the fast day of Tisha B’av, a day of mourning in Jewish religious tradition commemorating the destruction of the Temple.
Roudnice nad Labem is a small, picturesque town situated on the banks of the Elbe river, about 30 kilometers north of Prague. As much as Roudnice is worth the visit to see the historical sights, it’s the spectacular views of the not far off České středohoří or Central Bohemian Uplands that really makes a trip here worthwhile.
An auction of Prague’s historic Invalidovna complex with a starting price of more 637 million crowns has attracted no bidders. The site was built from 1731 to 1737 to care for war veterans. The tender on the sale was announced in June and drew protest from university academics who warned that the sale and redevelopment of the site could damage its historic value. Invalidovna was used in a number of key scenes in Miloš Forman’s 1984 masterpiece Amadeus.
The national stud farm in Kladruby nad Labem, Central Bohemia is planning to apply for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List in September next year, the deputy governor of the Pardubice Region, Roman Línek, told the Czech News Agency. Following the application there will be a two- or three-year process before the stud farm learns whether it has been accorded the prestigious status. Founded in 1579, the Kladruby stud is known for its large Kladruber horses, one of the oldest breeds in the world.
One of Prague’s most impressive architectural secrets, the massive baroque Invalidovna complex in the city’s Karlín district, is up for sale. Used as a backdrop to many films, the former home for war veterans constructed in the 18th century had found no takers from various state institutions and is now set to go under the hammer in spite of protests from well known architects and the local council.
Academics from universities in Prague, Olomouc, and Brno have signed an open letter to prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka calling for him to intervene and cancel the planned auction of the historic Invalidovna complex in the capital. The auction of the Baroque building is set to take place on August 8 with a state property body setting a minimum price of 637.7 million crowns. The academics warn that previous experience in Prague of protected historic buildings being sold and redeveloped has not been encouraging. The building was constructed from 1731 to 1737 to care for war veterans.
The Ministry of Culture has pronounced the former prison Cejl in Brno a cultural heritage monument, the city’s deputy mayor Matěj Hollan told the Czech News Agency on Wednesday. The city, which owns the building together with a private owner, can appeal the verdict within the next 15 days. The city council plans to turn the run-down and long abandoned building, which dates from the 18th century, into a creative centre worth hundreds of millions crowns. The decision of the ministry would increase the costs of the reconstruction by millions of crowns.
The Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and Saint Charles the Great in Prague is set to get new bells on Saturday. The bells have been dispatched to Prague on a boat from Roudnice nad Labem. They are set to arrive in the capital at around 4 p.m. The church has been without bells since World War II, when they were confiscated by the authorities. The bells, called Virgin Mary, Charles the Great and Albert the Great, were manufactured in Poland. Their production was financed by church collection and private donations.
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