Ceska Kamenice named "historic town of the year" for 2005
Every year the Association of Historic Towns and Villages in the Czech Republic holds a competition, to award the town it feels has done most to preserve its architectural heritage. Dozens of towns traditionally take part but only one can win the prize which includes a cheque for 1,000, 000 crowns (around 43,000 US dollars). This year the award went to north Bohemia's Ceska Kamenice.
"The award, in our case, recognises our town's efforts to preserve not only our official cultural heritage sites but also to revitalize Ceska Kamenice in general. I think our overall approach and success in preserving sites was appreciated. Historically, Ceska Kamenice's most significant building is probably the gothic church of St James, which last saw major changes four hundred years ago, or the Chapel of the Virgin Mary from 1736. Otherwise, Ceska Kamenice saw its greatest boom at the turn of the 19th and 20th century."
"Of course we're going to try and 'sell' the fact that we won the best way possible. We've already registered a .eu internet domain and aim to promote our town as much as possible on the internet, through printed materials and billboards. Some local businesses may now be interested in getting involved in additional projects, including local traditional cultural events like our Dvorak music festival. And, the services industry - especially restaurants, hotels and bed-and breakfasts - will want to make use of the award logo. Ideally, initiative for promoting the town will come not only from the public but also from the private sector."