Another 15 sites have been added to the list of Czech Cultural Monuments, including Prague’s famous Lucerna Palace and the massive baroque Invalidovna complex in the city’s Karlín district. The sites on the list are approved by the government as “monuments constituting the most important part of the cultural wealth of the nation” and are thereby under special protection.
The Czech Republic is to contribute 3 million crowns towards restoring Syria’s war damaged cultural heritage in 2017. Selected items are to be restored at the laboratories of the Czech National Museum, but the money will also be used to finance equipment and restoration work in Syria. Last year the Czech government earmarked 200 million crowns in aid to Syria to be used both for humanitarian aid and other forms of assistance between now and 2019.
In most respects 2016 was a good year for tourism not least in the Czech capital, which saw yet another increase in the number of visitors. But there were complications as well, among them heightened security introduced at Prague Castle mid-season which led to unexpected and unprecedented lines, at least for a time. Still, on the whole, Prague offers more and better possibilities than ever, something Radio Prague discussed with the head of Prague City Tourism, Nora Dolanská. We began by asking her first how she rated 2016 overall.
Czech and Slovak puppeteering have been added to the UNESCO world intangible cultural heritage list. The move was made at a UNESCO meeting currently taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Czech Republic was already represented on the list by the slovácký verbuňk dance, Hlinecko region masopust (carnival) processions and masks and the south Bohemian ride of the kings tradition.
The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs is located in the majestic Baroque Černín Palace just above Prague Castle. The majestic building, as well as the nearby Loreta Church, plays a major part in a recently published novel titled “Chvála oportunismu” or “In praise of opportunism”. Its author, Czech diplomat Marek Toman, a guest in Radio Prague’s Czech Books programme earlier this year, works at the ministry and knows the building inside out. I began by asking him how he came up with the idea to make the actual palace the narrator of his latest
The lower house of Parliament has strongly rejected a resolution by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization which denies any Jewish connection to Judaism’s holiest site, Jerusalem’s Temple Mount and the Western Wall. The UNESCO resolution, called it an exclusively Muslim shrine, sparking protests from Israel. In a resolution passed on Wednesday Czech deputies rejected the UN resolution saying it fuelled anti-Semitic sentiments. The UNESCO resolution coincided with international efforts to calm violence in the region after what Palestinians say are increasingly frequent Jewish visits to the compound that is officially under Muslim administration. Under Israeli law, Jews are not allowed to pray at the site to avoid potential violence, but many Jewish activists still rally there.
More than 900 heritage sights around the country opened to the public free of charge on Saturday within the European Heritage Days, held September 3-11. People can visit historic sites, museums, galleries, libraries, but also many private and public buildings, such as town halls, courts, church institutions, schools and residential houses which are normally not accessible to the public. Close to 150 municipalities have joined the European Heritage Days this year, organizing some 250 events, including lectures, exhibitions and guided tours. The Czech Republic first joined the European Heritage Days in 1991.
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.
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