Two other cards from the UNESCO Tentative List, both from Czech Republic and sent by Emerich. The 1st card represents the "Sites of Great Moravia: Slavonic Fortified Settlement at Mikulcice - Church of St.Margaret at Kopčani" and the 2nd is from Mariánské Lázně, one of the three towns that compose the "West Bohemian Spa Triangle".
Text a foto © Synek Frantisek, 2009
Mikulčice is situated 7 km south of Hodonín, nearby the Slovak border.
From the sixth until the tenth century, a Slavic fortified settlement existed 3 km away from the modern village. The settlement was one of the main centres of the Great Moravian Empire, plausibly its capital city. Excavations, led by Josef Poulík, unearthed the remnants of twelve churches, a palace, and more than 2,500 graves (three containing African skeletons) (including a horse burial). The only still-standing church safely dated to the Great Moravian period is found in the nearby Slovak village of Kopčany. The excavation complex is nationally recognised as the Mikulčice-Valy heritage site. - in: wikipedia
Foto: Ivan Rillich
Mariánské Lázně is a spa town in the Karlovy Vary Region of the Czech Republic. In terms of area, the town one of the largest spa complexes in the country.
This spa town does not have a long history. It was established in the period of Classicism, early in the 19th century. Its creators changed an inhospitable valley into a charming park town with Classicist and Empire houses, gazebos, garden houses and colonnades.
The focus of the town is in the central park with the Main Colonnade where the wooded valley widens. - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5378/
The Baroque Colonnade was built between 1888 and 1889. The Colonnade is an icon that could be said to represent the Czech spas, it is a precious example of a period building common to the Czech and other European spa towns, many of which were destroyed, deteriorated over time or modernized at some point. Fortunately our Colonnade survived with its reconstruction taking place between 1973 and 1981. - in: http://www.marianskelazne.cz/en/marianske-lazne/important-places-and-sights/the-colonnade