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Prague is celebrating the 25th anniversary of inscription of the Historic Centre of Prague in the UNESCO World Heritage List

This year the historic centre of Prague is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its inscription in the UNESCO World Heritage List. This significant Jubilee will be recapped at the beginning of December, when the conference entitled Prague –World Heritage City 2017 will be organized in the New Building of the National Museum in Prague. In parallel with the Conference, the exhibition will take place on Wenceslas square showing the unrealised architectural projects, and also the publication of interviews about Prague in the view of different scientific disciplines will be published.

The conference Prague – World Heritage City 2017 is held under the patronage of Adriana Krnáčová, Mayor of the City of Prague, Naděžda Goryczková, General Director of NPÚ – National Heritage Institute and Petr Konvalinka, Rector of ČVUT – Czech Technical University in Prague.

The event is prepared in cooperation of the Department of cultural heritage of the city of Prague, the Association of the New Town of Prague, the Prague Institute for planning and development and the Czech Technical University. A wide range of interested institutions are undoubtedly reflected in the context of the upcoming programme that will bring lectures and discussion sessions targeted on both issues of conservation of historical parts of the city, and possible paths to the revival of public space. These thematic sections will invite also the representatives of other cities that are celebrating the same anniversary this year which is Český Krumlov, Telč and Banská Štiavnica from Slovakia. The specific view of the issue, will be outlined by UNESCO itself, which will have several representatives in the program.

Plenty of space in the conference program structure will be devoted to planning the development of the sites while preserving their heritage values. Several foreign guests will participate in the debate too, however the essential part will represent the views of the Planning and Development Institute of the City of Prague. Various investors and architects should report about upcoming projects, whether the construction of new buildings and city parts, or about upcoming reconstruction of the current buildings in the Centre of Prague.

The increase in tourism and the related depopulation of city centres will belong among the key issues, too. A number of foreign guests should enrich the programme by their experience from cities that since longer have been facing difficulties arising from a conflict of city conservation with its requirements for the development and management of tourism. As it turns out, the current solutions are not always satisfactory.

The conference Prague – World Heritage City 2017 will start on Wednesday December 6th 2017 and will end shortly after noon the following day. More detailed information can be found on the Web site of the Department of historic preservation of the City of Prague www.pamatky.praha.eu and on the site www.prahasvetova.cz.

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