The Cesky raj region applies for inclusion on the UNESCO list
While many Czech towns, cities and buildings are already on UNESCO's World Heritage List, the Cesky raj region in north-east Bohemia - famous for its sandstone formations - aims to be the first natural site in the Czech Republic on the list, and the application was made at UNESCO headquarters in Paris last week. Alena Skodova reports:
"The protected area is unique not only in the Czech Republic, but in Europe and perhaps the world. It is formed by sandstone rocks, which are the remnants of Mesozoic era seas, in fact it is a seabed broken up by volcanic activities and chemical erosion. Something like that - on such a large area - cannot be seen elsewhere in Europe."
The nomination will now be assessed by the UNESCO secretariat and if the application is accepted, they will ask for further materials. The deadline for filing applications is February 1st, 2003. If Cesky raj is accepted by UNESCO, it will be the 12th Czech site included in its list of cultural and natural heritage sites.