European Heritage Days begins, opening the gates of hundreds of monuments

Updates: 11.09.2021 00:12

Prague – More than seven hundred monuments in the Czech Republic have joined this year’s European Heritage Days. Every year, 50 countries of the European Cultural Convention take part in pan-European events and its mission is to promote historical heritage. Every September, the gates of the most interesting monuments, buildings, structures and spaces open, including those that are otherwise inaccessible.

The national opening of the European Heritage Days took place on Friday in Uherské Hradiště, the program will last until September 19, and the national theme is Monuments for All.

Of the total of 746 buildings or places registered this year, the most, after more than two hundred, are from the category of sacral architecture or urban architecture. Sixty castles and chateaux and eighty museums and other collection institutions are also registered.

In the Czech Republic, not only historical monuments that are officially declared cultural monuments are accessible, but also dozens of private and public buildings are opened, such as town halls, courts, church institutions, schools, residential houses, which are not open to the public at all or only occasionally and partially.

People can also visit archeological monuments, military forts, spa architecture or technical monuments such as power plants, locks, breweries, lookout towers, windmills and wastewater treatment plants. A list of all open objects can be found at the web Association of Historic Settlements of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia, which covers the European Heritage Days in the Czech Republic. The largest offer, 124 accessible places, is in the Central Bohemian Region.

The roots of the event go back to the mid-1980s, in the Czech Republic EHDs have been held regularly since 1991.

Source: České noviny – hlavní události by

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