The Czech Republic‘s most beautiful historical castles are among the top destinations for many Filipino travelers. Now, even the less visited sites can be viewed at a premier photography exhibition entitled Czech Castles, held at the Little Theater Lobby at the Ground Floor of the Cultural Center of the Philippines main building.
Clearly the most visited castle in the Czech Republic is Prague Castle, the world’s largest medieval castle according to the Guiness Book of World Records. It has a prominent position not only in the country, but also in this exhibition, which showcases a selection of the most interesting castles and chateaux of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia – the three regions that make up the Czech Republic. According to Czech Ambassador Jaroslav Olša, jr., "the criterion of the selection of the localities has been the historical significance, as well as the architectural, artistic and historical value." The exhibition of photographs and reproductions of historical drawings was prepared by the National Museum of the Czech Republic. According to its Director General Michal Lukeš, who personally opened the show on its Manila leg, "the exhibition features prominently the sites of European importance, including those on UNESCO's list, such as Prague, Český Krumlov, Kutná Hora,
Litomyšl, Kroměříž and Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape." Dr. Raul M. Sunico, Cultural Center of the Philippines President, who also appeared during the opening of the exhibition, said that "for many travelers, the exhibition can prove to be an excellent list of tips before their visit to Europe."
Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is the most popular tourist destination. Many visitors end up seeing only the castles in Prague and Český Krumlov. But why not take a road less traveled and stop over on the opposite side of the country? Closer to Vienna than Prague lies the Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape — a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring 17th century castles, monuments, ponds and gardens created by the Dukes of Liechtenstein.
According to Jan Vytopil, Deputy Head of Mission of the Czech Embassy: "By staging the exhibition in Manila, the Embassy of the Czech Republic strives to increase awareness in the Philippines about Czech historical riches, as representative of European history." Historical treasures such as castles and chateaux make the Czech Republic one of the richest countries in terms of number of historical monuments in Europe, and one of the most attractive destinations for foreign visitors.
For more information on the Czech Castles Exhibtion at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph.
The Czech Castles exhibition runs until May 27, 2017 (closed on Mondays).