Matejicek Profile

I love exploring everything around me - thus, it is not surprising I am scientist. The important aspect of doing good science is to travel a lot...

All in all, I am travelling quite a lot, mostly around Europe. Since I like nature as well as bustling cities and quiete historical towns, the list of my visited sites is quite diverse.

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The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)

Matejicek Czechia - 25-Feb-20

This is very poor TWHS on the Slovak list. It is quite clear that the trick with the lenticular shape of the historical Košice is just a substitute to the fromer unsuccessful proposal of St. Elizabeth Cathedral as the eastermost gothic cathedral in Europe. Well, similar tricks worked somehow in the case of Augsburg, and also Bologna is promising candidate for that. But I cannot imagine that it would work for Košice...

The city of Košice is very nice as already described by others, but the claim that it is outstanding and unique because of its lenticular shape is not very convincing. Even in the eastern part of Slovakia, I visited many histrorical towns of diverse sizes with very similar shape to Košice such as Prešov, Sabinov, Hniezdne, Podolínec, Kežmarok (merge of two perpendicular lentils), Spišská Sobota, Poprad, Spišská Nová Ves, etc... From this list, I liked the most historical core of Prešov, which is more relaxed than busy Košice

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Natural and Cultural Landscape of Danube Region (T)

Matejicek Czechia - 25-Feb-20

Natural and Cultural Landscape of Danube Region (T)

This is very confusing nomination, because it is not clear what is exactly included to the proposed area. The official text on the UNESCO web pages mentions mostly the inundation landscape of river Morava between borders with Czechia and Bratislava. In other texts, I found that the nomination is focused on certain parts of the inland delta of river Danube between Bratislava and Komárno on the borders between Slovakia and Hungary, which is kind of unique on the European level, but the original natural character of the delta was partly destroyed by Gabcikovo dam during the communist era. Thus, parts around river Morava are better preserved than that of Danube.

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The Memorial of Chatam Sófer (T)

Matejicek Czechia - 25-Feb-20

The Memorial of Chatam Sófer (T)

I agree with the previous review that this is the most promising site from the Slovak tentative list, and I fully support the inscription. It would be a kind of satisfaction for the Jewish community of Slovakia, which suffered a lot during WWII. The authorities of Slovakia acted against them very actively and fully independently from the German Nazis.

I visited the monument during my day trip to Bratislava in February 2020. Just after my arrival from Prague by train, I simply called the number I found on the web pages and arranged the appointment. It should be OK to call the guide around 30 minutes prior the visit. The monument is opened every day except Saturday from 11am to 5pm. One can walked there from the city center or take a bus and get off at the stop Chatam Sofer just in front of the monument. When traveling by tram (Nos. 4 or 9), be aware that only trams in direction to the city center stops directly by the monument, but the former tram stop from the city center was canceled during the last reconstruction works and one needs to walk a bit from the next stop

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Ceský ráj (Czech Paradise) Rock Cities (T)

Matejicek Czechia - 10-Feb-20

Ceský ráj (Czech Paradise) Rock Cities (T)

Český Ráj (Bohemian Paradise) is the Czech classics among protected landscapes and it is used mostly and preferably for recreation, leisure time, and for rock climbing sports. The protected landscape area was established in 1955 as the first and thus the oldest one in former Czechoslovakia. Before the protection, it has been inhabited and used by humans for thousands years already. The proposed TWHS consists of the series of impressive sandstone formations called “rock cities”, thus, it is not surprising it has been already included to the list of UNESCO geoparks (since 2005).

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Longobards in Italy

Matejicek Czechia - 10-Feb-20

Longobards in Italy

I would visit only three parts of this interesting WHS till now [Nos.1-2 already described by others, but No.3 not yet] but I want to explore most of the rest in the future.

(1) Relatively big church of S Salvadore in Spoleto with surprisingly preserved stucco on the main façade and re-used ancient columns, spolia, inside, (2) in contrast very small but nicely elaborated Tempietto in Clituno (till now my favorite component of this WHS), and…

(3) Santuario di San Michele Archangelo in Monte Sant`Angelo as one of the most important pilgrim sites in Europe.

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Profile Data

Name
Matejicek
Country
Czechia
Most Impressive
Prague, Florence, Siena, Bauhaus, Primeval beech forests
Proposal
Lecce, Great Spas + Luhacovice, Karlstejn, Levadas of Madeira, Temples of Tainan in Taiwan
Rating Stats
Assisi 5
Prague 5
Siena 5
Meteora 4.5
Brugge 4
Cracow 4
Kotor 4
Modena 4
Reims 4
Riga 4
Rome 4
Sintra 4
Telc 4
Vienna 4
Arles 3.5
Avignon 3.5
Belem 3.5
Belfries 3.5
Ferrara 3.5
Oporto 3.5
Potsdam 3.5
Trebic 3.5
Verona 3.5
Graz 3
Pienza 3
Urbino 3
Warsaw 3
Orange 2.5
Syracuse 2.5
Vlkolinec 2.5
  1. Alanya (T)
  2. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  3. Amami-Oshima Island, Tokunoshima Island, the northern part of Okinawa Island and Iriomote Island (T)
  4. Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe - extension (Czechia) (T)
  5. Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe - extension (Poland) (T)
  6. Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe - extension (Slovakia) (T)
  7. Archipelago of la Maddalena and Islands of Bocche di Bonifacio (T)
  8. Bouches de Bonifacio (T)
  9. Centro storico di Parma (T)
  10. Ceský ráj (Czech Paradise) Rock Cities (T)
  11. Cetinje Historic Core (T)
  12. Cultural Landscape of Innsbruck-Nordkette/Karwendel (T)
  13. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  14. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (T)
  15. Extension to the Joint World Heritage Property "Primeval Beech forests of the Carpathians (Slovak Republic and Ukraine) and the Ancient Beech forests of Germany (Germany)" (T)
  16. Fishpond Network in the Trebon Basin (T)
  17. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Austria) (T)
  18. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Germany) (T)
  19. Fungal Flora of Bukovské Hills (T)
  20. Fuzina Hills in Bohinj (T)
  21. Geyser in Herlany (T)
  22. Great Spas of Europe (Czechia) (T)
  23. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  24. Karst Valleys of Slovakia (T)
  25. La Camargue (T)
  26. Le noyau historique médiéval ou la "Cuve" de Gand (T)
  27. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  28. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  29. Les villes antiques de la Narbonnaise et leur territoire: Nimes, Arles, Glanum, aqueducs, via Domitia (T)
  30. Leuven/Louvain, batiments universitaires, l'héritage de six siècles au sein du centre historique (T)
  31. Levadas of Madeira Island (T)
  32. Limes Romanus - The Roman antique monuments on the Middle Danube (T)
  33. Montagne Sainte-Victoire et sites cezaniens (T)
  34. Mountain-top Hotel and Television Transmitter Ještěd (T)
  35. Natural and Cultural Landscape of Danube Region (T)
  36. Natural Reserves of Tatras Mountain (T)
  37. Nice, la ville neuve née du tourisme, ou l’invention de la Riviera (T)
  38. Nîmes, l'Antiquité au présent (T)
  39. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  40. Old Synagogue and Mikveh in Erfurt - Testimonies of everyday life, religion and town history between change and continuity (T)
  41. Original Meadow - Pasture Sites of Slovakia (T)
  42. Orvieto (T)
  43. Paper Mill at Velké Losiny (T)
  44. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  45. Rade de Marseille (T)
  46. Renaissance Houses at Slavonice (T)
  47. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  48. Royal Seats in Esztergom, Visegrád with the former Royal Wood in the Pilis Mountain (T)
  49. Salento and the "Barocco Leccese" (T)
  50. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (T)
  51. Site of the Retiro and the Prado in Madrid (T)
  52. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)
  53. Sites mégalithiques de Carnac (T)
  54. Sites of Globalization (T)
  55. Sites of Great Moravia: Slavonic Fortified Settlement at Mikulcice - Church of St.Margaret at Kopcani (T)
  56. Sites of Great Moravia: Slavonic Fortified Settlement at Mikulcice - Church of St.Margaret at Kopcani (T)
  57. The broader region of Mount Olympus (T)
  58. The Burren (T)
  59. The city of Bergamo (T)
  60. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  61. The Cultural Landscape of Civita di Bagnoregio (T)
  62. The Dunejec River Gorge in the Pieniny Mountains (T)
  63. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  64. The Karlstejn Castle (T)
  65. The Memorial of Chatam Sófer (T)
  66. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  67. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  68. The timeless, humanistic architecture of Jože Plečnik (T)
  69. The West Bohemian Spa Triangle (T)
  70. Tokaj Wine Region (T)
  71. Via Francigena in Italy (T)
  72. Villas of the Papal Nobility (T)
  73. Zagorochoria - North Pindos National Park (T)
  74. Žatec – the Hops Town (T)

Reviewed TWHS

  1. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  2. Natural and Cultural Landscape of Danube Region (T)
  3. The Memorial of Chatam Sófer (T)
  4. Ceský ráj (Czech Paradise) Rock Cities (T)
  5. Mountain-top Hotel and Television Transmitter Ještěd (T)
  6. Levadas of Madeira Island (T)
  7. The city of Bergamo (T)
  8. Fuzina Hills in Bohinj (T)
  9. The Dunejec River Gorge in the Pieniny Mountains (T)
  10. Old Synagogue and Mikveh in Erfurt - Testimonies of everyday life, religion and town history between change and continuity (T)
  11. Natural Reserves of Tatras Mountain (T)
  12. Zagorochoria - North Pindos National Park (T)
  13. Original Meadow - Pasture Sites of Slovakia (T)
  14. Fungal Flora of Bukovské Hills (T)
  15. Karst Valleys of Slovakia (T)
  16. Cetinje Historic Core (T)
  17. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  18. Leuven/Louvain, batiments universitaires, l'héritage de six siècles au sein du centre historique (T)
  19. Cultural Landscape of Innsbruck-Nordkette/Karwendel (T)
  20. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Germany) (T)
  21. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Austria) (T)
  22. Amami-Oshima Island, Tokunoshima Island, the northern part of Okinawa Island and Iriomote Island (T)
  23. Nîmes, l'Antiquité au présent (T)
  24. Centro storico di Parma (T)
  25. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  26. The Karlstejn Castle (T)
  27. Fishpond Network in the Trebon Basin (T)
  28. Žatec – the Hops Town (T)
  29. The timeless, humanistic architecture of Jože Plečnik (T)
  30. Sites of Globalization (T)
  31. Via Francigena in Italy (T)
  32. Renaissance Houses at Slavonice (T)
  33. Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe - extension (Poland) (T)
  34. Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe - extension (Slovakia) (T)
  35. Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe - extension (Czechia) (T)
  36. Extension to the Joint World Heritage Property "Primeval Beech forests of the Carpathians (Slovak Republic and Ukraine) and the Ancient Beech forests of Germany (Germany)" (T)
  37. Bouches de Bonifacio (T)
  38. Sites of Great Moravia: Slavonic Fortified Settlement at Mikulcice - Church of St.Margaret at Kopcani (T)
  39. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (T)
  40. Tokaj Wine Region (T)
  41. Alanya (T)
  42. The broader region of Mount Olympus (T)
  43. Montagne Sainte-Victoire et sites cezaniens (T)
  44. Geyser in Herlany (T)
  45. Great Spas of Europe (Czechia) (T)
  46. The Burren (T)
  47. Archipelago of la Maddalena and Islands of Bocche di Bonifacio (T)
  48. Villas of the Papal Nobility (T)
  49. Salento and the "Barocco Leccese" (T)
  50. Orvieto (T)
  51. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  52. The Cultural Landscape of Civita di Bagnoregio (T)