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European Heritage Days

The European Heritage Days (EHD) are an important all-European cultural, educational and social event, held since 1991 under the aegis of the Council of Europe; 47 countries of the European Cultural Convention are today committed to its ideas.

The prior aims of this event are: to improve information about other cultures, to protect cultural heritage in the broadest sense of the word, and to respect all cultures regardless of their spread. The European Heritage Days are to bring Europeans closer to their cultural heritage, and thus help them to elucidate their own identity.

The Czech Republic has been participating in the event since 1991. The European Heritage Days are held in the Czech Republic regularly the second weekend in September. On these days interesting monuments are open to the public, including those which are otherwise partly or completely closed (town halls, courts of law, schools, residential buildings, etc.). Tours of many buildings are enriched with special cultural and social programmes (concerts, exhibitions, special routes of tours, etc.), and many municipalities prepare events within programmes known as "special invitation".

The main promotion and information material of EHD is the nation-wide EHD Catalogue, published each year on the Internet and in print. The Internet catalogue, in Czech and English, enables full text searches and offers a greater amount of information than the printed Czech and English version. The EHD Catalogue serves as a practical guide of the EHD events in the Czech Republic and is designed for both domestic and foreign visitors. The National Guarantor of the European Heritage Days in the Czech Republic is the Association of Historical Settlements in Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia.

For more information see the section EHD ».

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