Heritage gallery: Holašovice

Holašovice in the Czech Republic lies not far from Ceske Budejovice. It is an exceptionally complete and well-preserved example of a traditional central European village. It has a large number of outstanding 18th- and 19th-century vernacular buildings in a style known as ‘South Bohemian folk Baroque’, and preserves a ground plan dating from the Middle Ages.

I have been there three times and I find it a completely spellbinding place, locked away in a calm corner of Bohemia, gazing inward and peaceful, eternally locked in the past. The yellow houses, the trees, the sound of mooing cows in the distance… it’s all completely enchanting. It may not be a great big humdinger of a monument on the UNESCO list, but in a way I prefer these ‘simple’ heritage sites over the grand palaces and cathedrals. It’s so easy to allow yourself to be transported to a simple, bygone era, where nature dictated the pace of life.

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