Prague, Aug 25 (CTK) – More than 900 heritage sights in 150 towns and villages will be open to the public, mainly free of charge, and over 200 events will be held in the Czech Republic within the European Heritage Days on September 3-11.

The European Heritage Days event has been organised for 20 years to promote historical heritage in Europe. This year, 48 countries will take part in it.

The Czech part of European Heritage Days starts in Slavonice, south Bohemia, near the Austrian border, the Renaissance centre of which is declared an urban conservation area and has sought UNESCO listing, on September 3. The main topic is “heritage and community” this year.

During the opening, the title “holder of folk craft tradition” will be presented by the culture minister to the people who keep traditional crafts alive.

This year, Josef Fidler from Hlinsko, east Bohemia, making a traditional chenille textile, and Jiri Ruecker from Pecky, central Bohemia, cutting special forms for gingerbread will be awarded. An exhibition of their products will be opened on September 2.

The European Heritage Days will offer a number of architectonic and archaeological sights, sacral buildings as well as museums, galleries, libraries and industrial and military premises.

In the Czech Republic, not only official cultural heritage, but also many private and public buildings, such as town halls, courts, church institutions, schools and residential houses, which are normally not accessible, will open their doors to the public.