Wednesday, July 17, 2019

New Czech UNESCO Sites

UNESCO has added seven new cultural sites to the World Heritage list.  Two of of the seven are in Czechland bringing the total here up to 14 sites.

The Erzgebirge / Krušnohoří Mining Region spans across northwest Czech Republic and southeastern Germany.  The Krušné hora mountains, the Ore Mountains, were the most important source of silver ore in Europe from 1460 to 1560.  The region became a global producer of uranium at the end of the 19th century.  The German side has 17 locations while the Czech side has five locations.

The second site is the Landscape for Breeding and Training of Ceremonial Carriage Horses at Kladruby nad Labem.  It is located in the Střední Polabí area of the Labe plain.  A horse farm was established in 1563 and gained imperial status in 1579.  Today it is home to around 500 horses and is one of Europe's leading horse-breeding institutions.

Who knew that Czechland was renowned for horse breeding?
Looks like there are two new destinations to add to my Czech sightseeing bucket list.

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