25th Anniversary of Prague's UNESCO World Hertiage Status

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Prague is celebrating its 25th year of being on UNESCO's World Heritage Site List.  The 866-hectare historical core that encompasses Prague Castle and Hradcany, Malá Strana, Old Town, Josefov Birdge, Charles Bridge, New Town and Vyšehrad has been protected by UNESCO since December 4th, 1992. 

To mark the anniversary, Prague will be host the international UNESCO conference, World Heritage City 2017. Taking place in the new building of the National Museum from 6th-7th November, the conference will bring together representatives from European UNESCO cities to discuss life among listed sites. It will look at both the advantages and disadvantages of having protected status.

The historical centre has become less residential in recent years. "It is necessary to ask whether the depopulation of the center has a connection with UNESCO," said Ondřej Boháč, director of the Institute for Planning and Development. He also pointed out that there is often a conflict between protecting the old city and building a new one. 

For the general public, there will be an open air exhibition in Old Town Square called Prague Not Realised, which will display a selection of unbuilt architectural projects from the 19th to 20th centuries. They will range from wildly utopian plans to more familiar designs. 

Author: Jessica Kleyn

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