Friday, October 28, 2016

Czech Republic 2016 - The World Herritage - Lednice, Valtice Area and Prague

COUNTRY: Czech Republic
ISSUE DATE: 7 September 2016
STAMP SIZE: 48 x 29 mm
PHOTO: L. Sváček

The Lednice – Valtice Area is located at a place where a massive 12th-century borderline castle used to stand. The present-day area contains a chateau in the Romanticism style, a picturesque town and a gem of the landscaping art of unprecedented dimensions. The imaginary milestone marking the beginning of the long development of the entire area is the late 14th century when a share in the estate was obtained by the Liechtenstein family. The English landscape park has been the method used to shape the present-day area of almost 300 square kilometres. It resulted into a combination of Baroque architecture with the chateau rebuilt in the Neo-Gothic style and small buildings constructed in the Romanticism style. The Lednice – Valtice Area was listed as UNESCO World Heritage in 1996.

Prague Castle and Charles Bridge.
A continuous settlement of Prague’s area dates back from the Lower Paleolithic to the La Tene period. The Celts arriving in the late 2nd century BC started to built oppida in the area. The first Slavic tribes came in the second half of the 6th century. In the 9th century, the ruling Premyslid family transferred their seat here, which laid the foundation for a place playing the role of the seat of the princes and later kings of Bohemia. Prague is a significant urban conservation area whose historical core of 866 hectares includes the unique urbanistic set of Prague Castle and its surrounding neighbourhood, the Lesser Town and Charles Bridge, the Old Town with Josefov and the preserved area of the former Jewish Town, the New Town, the Vyšehrad and other sites. Prague was listed as UNESCO World Heritage in 1992.


Stamp images and description thanks to Česká pošta