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In 1972 UNESCO member states adopted a document called the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World’s Cultural and Natural Heritage, which complements the protection and preservation of the cultural and natural heritage of individual countries. The parties to the treaty pledge to identify, protect and preserve world cultural and natural heritage and to pass it on to future generations. Based on the Convention the World Heritage List is drawn, on which properties of outstanding universal value are inscribed. The primary criteria for selection include the uniqueness, integrity and concept of measures ensuring their conservation for the future. The co-operation between the Czech Republic and UNESCO in terms of the protection and management of cultural heritage is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Culture.

The Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape ranks among the most remarkable natural and cultural sites in Central Europe. At 200 km2, it is one of the largest artificial landscapes in Europe and was inscribed on the World Heritage list in 1996. It was created between the 17th and 20th centuries in the domains of the Dukes of Liechtenstein. Alongside the Baroque chateau in Valtice and the neo-Gothic castle in Lednice there are a number of valuable historical buildings blending with a countryside fashioned according to the romantic principles of landscape architecture. Among others you can visit Appolo’s Temple, Belveder, Hraniční Manor, the Temple of Three Graces, John’s Castle, St. Hubertus Chaple, Huntsman’s Manor, Minaret, Obelisk, Rybniční Manor and Pohansko Manor.