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An exceptional stud farm with its surroundings is listed on UNESCO's list

One year after the Minister of Agriculture Marian Jurečka and the Minister of Culture Daniel Herman set up the Council of Cultural Heritage Landscape in Kladruby nad Labem with the aim of enlisting this phenomenon in the UNESCO World Heritage List, everything is ready for the final step. The official request with the necessary documentation was submitted by the Ministry of Culture on September 29, 2017. The proposal is titled Landscape for Ceremony Carriage Horses in Kladruby nad Labem.

"The completed comparative analysis of similar goods in Europe has confirmed the exceptional world cultural value of the landscape around Kladruby nad Labem. It is perfectly balanced. It consists of bows, pastures, ancient alleys, woods, Elbe blind arms, water system and historic buildings with various uses. The entire Kladruby area is unique. For its uniqueness and exceptional preservation, the stud farm in Kladruby nad Labem was awarded the status of a national cultural monument in 2002, " said Minister of Agriculture Marian Jurečka.

"We managed to bring together a highly competent team that managed the nomination process and commented. Thanks to this, the drafting of the documentation has been drawn up in record time and with the necessary standards for UNESCO. We must realize that this is not just about introducing a very valuable heritage from our ancestors, but also about creating the conditions for long-term and sustainable protection of the cultural, natural and historical values ​​of this territory for the next generations. This is linked to the entire strategic development of the territory, its infrastructure and all that is related to it, " said Minister of Culture Daniel Herman.

The landscape for breeding ceremonial carriage horses in Kladruby nad Labem is a combination of two categories of cultural landscape. The first is a lively, ever-evolving landscape designed primarily for horse breeding and grazing. The second category perceives the landscape intentionally created for the breeding of coach horses. Both parts are intertwined: a grazing landscape based on the principles of the Classicist French garden and courtyard architecture complements the park using the principles of a painting perspective and a rich assortment of trees.

The manner in which the country was composed influenced the customary customs and the tastes of the main contracting authorities. This is particularly true of the Habsburg court, traditionally very conservative. The farm in Kladruby was organized by the Imperial Court according to the French Garden at the time when it was abandoned. It is based on the compositional principles of landscape design by André Le Nôtra.

"The official submission of the nomination dossier of the UNESCO World Heritage Center is one of the necessary conditions for the subsequent nomination. The following will be followed by the incorporation of the Center's comments into the final document, graphic processing, language proofing and reconciliation by the Council of Sights. We have to manage this all by the end of this year, or by the beginning of 2018, "
said Roman Lazek , chairman of the Council of Sights and First Deputy Head of the Pardubice Region.

According to the director of the National Stud farm Kladruby nad Labem Jiří Machko, the stud farm will continue to prepare and implement investment projects to further enhance the valuable site. "Whether it is the reconstruction of historical buildings, the restoration of the landscaping park in Mosnice, the reconstruction of historic alleys or water courses. Everything must be done with respect for the breeding of exceptional horses and unrepeatable natural values, " explained Machek.

The National Stud Farm in Kladruby nad Labem is one of the oldest stud farms in the world and also home to the oldest original Czech breed of horses - horse of the Starokladrubský .
The stud farm is situated on an area of ​​1,200 hectares in the Polabská Lowland near Pardubice. The tradition of horse breeding in Kladruby nad Labem dates back to at least the middle of the 14th century. For more than 300 years (1579-1918), he was the Imperial horse stud, which provided horses for the imperial and royal court in Prague and Vienna. Nowadays, approximately 500 Starokladruby horses are breeding the National Horseshoe, in two color variants: white and red. 250 white dogs are housed in Kladruby nad Labem. About the horseshoes, which are also 250, the National Stud farmer takes care of the old stables of the Duke of Auersperg in Slatiňany near Chrudim.

Source: tz eAgri, edited editorially

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