Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Czech Unesco Cards

3 great new unesco cards from Czech Republic sent by Milan "littlebig". Now i've 6 of the 12 unesco sites from there.

The Gardens and the Castle at Kromeriz are a World Heritage Site since 1998. "As the nomination dossier explains, "the castle is a good but not outstanding example of a type of aristocratic or princely residence that has survived widely in Europe. The Pleasure Garden, by contrast, is a very rare and largely intact example of a Baroque garden"
The castle used to be the principal residence of the bishops and (since 1777) archbishops of Olomouc.
The first residence on the site was founded by bishop Stanislas Thurzo in 1497. The building was in a Late Gothic style, with a modicum of Renaissance detail.
Interiors of the palace were extensively used by Miloš Forman as a stand-in for Vienna's Hofburg Imperial Palace during filming of Amadeus (1984), based on the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (who actually never visited Kroměříž)." - in: wikipedia.

Cesky Krumlov, situated on the banks of the Vltava river, was built around a 13th-century castle with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements. It is an outstanding example of a small central European medieval town whose architectural heritage has remained intact thanks to its peaceful evolution over more than five centuries. - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/617

Litomysl Castle was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1999. The noble family of Pernstejn's rebuilt the original Mediaeval castle into a Renaissance castle in the second half of the 16th century. Despite of later reconstructions of interiors especially at the end of the 18th century the appearance of the castle remained almost intact including the unique scoring decoration of facades and fronton. Litomysl Castle is an outstanding and immaculately preserved example of the arcade castle, a type of building first developed in Italy and modified in the Czech lands to create an evolved form of special architectural quality. - in: http://www.worldheritagesite.org/sites/litomysl.html

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