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UNESCO World Heritage Site #129: Holašovice Historical Village Reservation

UNESCO World Heritage Site #129: Holašovice Historical Village Reservation

UNESCO World Heritage Site #129: Holašovice Historical Village Reservation

From the World Heritage inscription:

Holašovice is an exceptionally complete and well-preserved example of a traditional central European village. It has a large number of outstanding 18th- and 19th-century vernacular buildings in a style known as South Bohemian Folk Baroque, and preserves a ground plan dating from the Middle Ages.

I have no idea why this is a World Heritage site. The site itself is extremely small and I’m not sure why examples of South Bohemian villages are of world importance and I’m not sure why this village is such a great example. This is one of the handful of World Heritage sites which I think should never have been listed and if they ever do a clean up of the list, it should be one of the first ones removed.

If you choose to visit, your entire visit can probably be crammed into 10-15 minutes.

View the complete list of UNESCO World Heritage sites I have visited.

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  1. John says:

    Then I guess it fulfils that. I have never seem a village where all of the houses tried to copy the architecture witnessed when on their the owners’ visits to the city. I didn’t find the site that interesting, but it also has an exhibition of agricultural life in the area which gives a little more insight into the place.
    But I agree there are many excellent sites that do not get selected and I agree that the North America is under represented.
    On the natural sites the Jungfrau Region of the Alps has been listed, but the Mont Blanc Massif has not. I agree there must be politics at work.

  2. I totally agree with you. Some UNESCO world heritage sites should be scoped down to national world heritage sites. Your post on “the independence hall” illustrates my point. It did not give origin to any new concept since: 1- democracy was allegedly created in Greece, New Zealand, Iceland, the United Kingdom, depending on your definition of democracy; 2- the declaration of independence did not certainly introduce equality among all men and women (as supposedly motivated the french revolution), since women were not able to vote, in the US, until 1920 and black people until 1960. And I do agree with you, lots of backstage politics usually have an impact on this kind of initiatives.
    Congrats for the blog, very interesting and you shoot some very nice photos.

    • Gary says:

      The thing with the Declaration of Independence wasn’t the creation of a democracy. It didn’t establish a democracy. The constitution did that. It was the first time that a European colony broke free of their mother country. It was a precursor to what happened all over Latin America, set the stage for the French Revolution and has been copied many times in other countries. The creation of dominions by the UK was done to preempt Canada, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa from doing the same thing as the US did. As a historical document is is quite important.

  3. John says:

    Gary, My understanding is that the sites are on the list to preserve their unique heritage. If you are questioning this site then you probably haven’t visited Blaenavon yet. The UNESCO site at Olomouc, Czech Republic also is a short visit. I can’t say the village, was my thing, but I did not come across any similar villages while touring the countryside of the Czech Republic, so it is fairly unique.
    What criteria would you use if you were on the on the selection panel?

    • Gary says:

      According to the UNESCO criteria, being unique isn’t enough. It has to be of world cultural value. I can think of maybe a dozen similar villages in the United States, yet there are very few cultural sites in the United States which are on the list.

      I have found first hand in talking to people who are involved in the process that there is a lot of behind the scenes politics which goes into picking these sites, especially now that all the obvious ones have been put on the list.

      I could see this site being a national park or something which is preserved for Czech heritage, but that doesn’t mean it should be a world heritage site.

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