List of World Heritage Sites in the Czech Republic
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Sites are places of importance to cultural or natural heritage as described in the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, established in 1972. The first sites on the territory of the present Czech Republic were inscribed at the 16th Session of the World Heritage Committee, held in Santa Fe, United States in 1992. At that session, three sites were added: "Historic Centre of Prague", "Historic Centre of Český Krumlov" and "Historic Centre of Telč" for the Czech and Slovak Federative Republic.
With the dissolution of Czechoslovakia on January 1, 1993, the country was split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Either party sought to honour treaty obligations signed by Czechoslovakia including the World Heritage convention. The Czech Republic officially succeeded the convention on March 26, 1993 (five days before Slovakia), inheriting these three sites. More sites were added in the years 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2019. As of July 2019, the Czech Republic has 14 total sites inscribed on the list. All of these sites are of the cultural type and one of them is shared with Germany.
World Heritage Sites
UNESCO lists sites under ten criteria; each entry must meet at least one of the criteria. Criteria i through vi are cultural, whereas vii through x are natural.
In addition to sites inscribed on the World Heritage List, member states can maintain a list of tentative sites that they may consider for nomination. Nominations for the World Heritage List are only accepted if the site was previously listed on the tentative list. As of 2014, the Czech Republic recorded 17 sites on its tentative list. The sites, along with the year they were included on the tentative list are:
- Renaissance Houses at Slavonice (2001)
- Paper Mill at Velké Losiny (2001)
- Fishpond Network in the Třeboň Basin (2001)
- Český ráj (Bohemian Paradise) Rock Cities (2001)
- Sites of Great Moravia: Slavonic Fortified Settlement at Mikulčice – Church of St. Margaret of Antioch in Kopčany, Slovakia (2001)
- The Industrial Complexes at Ostrava (2001)
- The Fortress of Terezín (2001)
- The Spa at Luhačovice (2001)
- The Betlém Rock Sculptures near Kuks (2001)
- The Karlštejn Castle (2001)
- Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (2001)
- Mountain-top Hotel and Television Transmitter Ještěd (2007)
- Žatec – the Hops Town (2007)
- The West Bohemian Spa Triangle (2008)
- Tourism in the Czech Republic
- World Heritage Sites in Europe
- "The World Heritage Convention". UNESCO. Retrieved September 17, 2010.
- "Report of the Rapporteur". UNESCO. December 14, 1992. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
- "Czech Republic – Properties inscribed on the World Heritage List". UNESCO. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
- "UNESCO World Heritage Centre The Criteria for Selection". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
- "Landscape for Breeding and Training of Ceremonial Carriage Horses at Kladruby nad Labem". UNESCO. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
- "Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří Mining Region". UNESCO. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
- "Gardens and Castle at Kroměříž". UNESCO. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
- "Historic Centre of Český Krumlov". UNESCO. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
- "Historic Centre of Prague". UNESCO. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
- "Historic Centre of Telč". UNESCO. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
- "Holašovice Historical Village Reservation". UNESCO. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
- "Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc". UNESCO. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
- "Jewish Quarter and St Procopius' Basilica in Třebíč". UNESCO. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
- "Kutná Hora: Historical Town Centre with the Church of St Barbara and the Cathedral of Our Lady at Sedlec". UNESCO. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
- "Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape". UNESCO. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
- "Litomyšl Castle". UNESCO. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
- "Pilgrimage Church of St John of Nepomuk at Zelená Hora". UNESCO. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
- "Tugendhat Villa in Brno". UNESCO. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
- "Tentative Lists". UNESCO. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
- (in Czech) Czech National Commission for UNESCO