List of World Heritage Sites in the Czech Republic

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Sites are places of importance to cultural or natural heritage as described in the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, established in 1972.[1] The first sites on the territory of the present Czech Republic were inscribed at the 16th Session of the World Heritage Committee, held in Santa Fe, USA in 1992. At that session, three sites were added: "Historic Centre of Prague", "Historic Centre of Český Krumlov" and "Historic Centre of Telč" for the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic.[2]

With the dissolution of Czechoslovakia on January 1, 1993, the country was split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Either party sought to honour treaty obligations signed by Czechoslovakia including the World Heritage convention. The Czech Republic officially succeeded the convention on March 26, 1993 (five days before Slovakia), inheriting these three sites. More sites were added in the years 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003. As of July 2014, the Czech Republic has 12 total sites inscribed on the list. All of these sites are of the cultural type and none of them is shared with other countries.[3]

World Heritage Sites[edit]

The table lists information about each World Heritage Site:

Name; as listed by the World Heritage Committee[4]
Location; place, with co-ordinates provided by UNESCO
Period; time period of significance, typically of construction
UNESCO data; Site reference number, the year the site was inscribed on the World Heritage List, and the criteria it was listed under: criteria i through vi are cultural, while vii through x are natural
Description; brief description of the site
Name Image Location Period UNESCO data Description
Gardens and Castle at Kroměříž
Kroměříž, Zlín Region
49°18′0″N 17°22′38″E / 49.30000°N 17.37722°E / 49.30000; 17.37722 (Gardens and Castle at Kroměříž)
17th and 18th centuries 860; 1998; ii, iv [5]
Historic Centre of Český Krumlov
Český Krumlov, South Bohemian Region
48°49′0″N 14°19′0″E / 48.81667°N 14.31667°E / 48.81667; 14.31667 (Historic Centre of Český Krumlov)
13th to 18th centuries 617; 1992; iv [6]
Historic Centre of Prague Prague
50°5′23″N 14°25′10″E / 50.08972°N 14.41944°E / 50.08972; 14.41944 (Historic Centre of Prague)
11th to 18th centuries 616; 1992; ii, iv, vi [7]
Historic Centre of Telč Telč, Vysočina Region
49°10′59.988″N 15°27′0″E / 49.18333000°N 15.45000°E / 49.18333000; 15.45000 (Historic Centre of Telč)
14th to 17th centuries 621; 1992; i, iv [8]
Holašovice Historical Village Reservation Holašovice, Jankov, South Bohemian Region
48°57′35″N 14°15′10″E / 48.95972°N 14.25278°E / 48.95972; 14.25278 (Holašovice Historical Village Reservation)
18th and 19th centuries 861; 1998; ii, iv [9]
Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc Olomouc, Olomouc Region
49°35′55″N 17°16′10″E / 49.59861°N 17.26944°E / 49.59861; 17.26944 (Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc)
18th century 859; 2000; i, iv [10]
Jewish Quarter and St Procopius' Basilica in Třebíč Třebíč, Vysočina Region
49°13′2″N 15°52′44″E / 49.21722°N 15.87889°E / 49.21722; 15.87889 (Jewish Quarter and St Procopius' Basilica in Třebíč)
17th and 18th centuries 1078; 2003; ii, iii [11]
Kutná Hora: Historical Town Centre with the Church of St Barbara and the Cathedral of Our Lady at Sedlec
Kutná Hora and Kutná Hora District, Central Bohemian Region
49°57′0″N 15°16′0″E / 49.95000°N 15.26667°E / 49.95000; 15.26667 (Kutná Hora: Historical Town Centre with the Church of St Barbara and the Cathedral of Our Lady at Sedlec)
14th to 17th centuries 732; 1995; ii, iv [12]
Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape Břeclav District, South Moravian Region
48°46′33″N 16°46′30″E / 48.77583°N 16.77500°E / 48.77583; 16.77500 (Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape)
17th to 20th centuries 763; 1996; i, ii, iv [13]
Litomyšl Castle Litomyšl, Pardubice Region
49°52′25″N 16°18′52″E / 49.87361°N 16.31444°E / 49.87361; 16.31444 (Litomyšl Castle)
16th to 18th centuries 901; 1999; ii, iv [14]
Pilgrimage Church of St John of Nepomuk at Zelená Hora
Žďár nad Sázavou, Vysočina Region
49°34′49″N 15°56′31″E / 49.58028°N 15.94194°E / 49.58028; 15.94194 (Pilgrimage Church of St John of Nepomuk at Zelená Hora)
18th century 690; 1994; iv [15]
Tugendhat Villa in Brno Brno, South Moravian Region
49°12′26″N 16°36′58″E / 49.20722°N 16.61611°E / 49.20722; 16.61611 (Tugendhat Villa in Brno)
20th century 1052; 2001; ii, iv [16]

Tentative list[edit]

In addition to sites inscribed on the World Heritage list, member states can maintain a list of tentative sites that they may consider for nomination. Nominations for the World Heritage list are only accepted if the site was previously listed on the tentative list.[17] As of 2014, the Czech Republic recorded 17 sites on its tentative list. The sites, along with the year they were included on the tentative list are:[3]

  1. Renaissance Houses at Slavonice (2001)
  2. Paper Mill at Velké Losiny (2001)
  3. Fishpond Network in the Trebon Basin (2001)
  4. Český ráj (Czech Paradise) Rock Cities (2001)
  5. Sites of Great Moravia: Slavonic Fortified Settlement at Mikulcice - Church of St.Margaret at Kopčani (2001)
  6. The Industrial Complexes at Ostrava (2001)
  7. The Forstress of Terezín (2001)
  8. The Spa at Luhacovice (2001)
  9. The Betlém Rock Sculptures near Kuks (2001)
  10. The Karlstejn Castle (2001)
  11. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (2001)
  12. Cultural landscape of the stud farm at Kladruby nad Labem (2007)
  13. Mountain-top Hotel and Television Transmitter Ještěd (2007)
  14. Žatec – the Hops Town (2007)
  15. The West Bohemian Spa Triangle (2008)
  16. Paysage culturel minier des Monts Métallifères (Erzgebirge) (2012)
  17. Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří (2012)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The World Heritage Convention". UNESCO. Retrieved September 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Report of the Rapporteur". UNESCO. December 14, 1992. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Czech Republic – Properties inscribed on the World Heritage List". UNESCO. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  4. ^ World Heritage List, UNESCO, retrieved 2014-07-12 
  5. ^ "Gardens and Castle at Kroměříž". UNESCO. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Historic Centre of Český Krumlov". UNESCO. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Historic Centre of Prague". UNESCO. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Historic Centre of Telč". UNESCO. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Holašovice Historical Village Reservation". UNESCO. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc". UNESCO. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "Jewish Quarter and St Procopius' Basilica in Třebíč". UNESCO. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "Kutná Hora: Historical Town Centre with the Church of St Barbara and the Cathedral of Our Lady at Sedlec". UNESCO. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  13. ^ "Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape". UNESCO. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "Litomyšl Castle". UNESCO. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  15. ^ "Pilgrimage Church of St John of Nepomuk at Zelená Hora". UNESCO. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  16. ^ "Tugendhat Villa in Brno". UNESCO. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  17. ^ "Tentative Lists". UNESCO. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 

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