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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Avignon

Matejicek Czechia - 07-Jul-19

Avignon

Avignon is quite touristy site but there is a good reason for that. Provence region is simply beautiful and Palais des Papes together with Pont d`Avignon is must-see for every tourist in the region. It has a serious drawback that Avignon has turned into a tourist trap in part. Fortunatelly, there is still relativelly tranquil places in historical parts of Avignon that embraces the inscribed core. I enjoyed also a boat trip on Rhone river.

The small core zone includes the monuments on the Rock of Doms and the adjacent torso of the bridge. All the monuments are built in two major styles - Romanesque and Gothic. As emphasized also by others, especially the Palais des Papes is an empty shell. But I enjoyed my visit despite this fact. I took it as a textbook of architecture, admired vault systems (PHOTO) and all the decorations in stone, and ignored instalations, objects and crowds inside. However, I found the huge metalic construction inside the main court of the Palace used as a podium for occassional concerts very very disturbing. The combined ticket for the Palace and the Bridge is for as much as 14.5 EUR that is quite a lot for empty rooms and for what remained from the bridge

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Nîmes, l'Antiquité au présent (T)

Matejicek Czechia - 06-Jul-19

Nîmes, l

I spent last week of June 2019 in (former) Languedoc-Roussillion region, mostly in Montpellier, for last three days in Nimes, and did short trips to other interesting towns nearby – Arles and Avignon.

Nimes certainly was an elegant city with great monuments such as Amphitheatre and Masion Caree, but its beauty somehow shaded in comparison to its neighbors: Nimes was less lively than student town of Montpellier, in which I found also better examples of profane buildings from middle ages and later periods than in Nimes. Roman monuments of Nimes seemed somehow isolated in the rather ordinary streets with ordinary cathedral as compared to compact ensemble of Roman, Romanesque or Gothic structures in Arles or Avignon. The city of Nimes in Roman times was much bigger than today’s historical center, but only few structures survived

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Arles

Matejicek Czechia - 06-Jul-19

Arles

After my second visit to Arles, I can say that I have visited all the inscribed structures and now I fully understand its OUV: (1) Amphitheatre – very impressive, and I enjoyed also exploration of the interior. (2) Antic Theatre – quite nice, but go to Orange if you want to see the well-preserved Roman theatre. (3) S Trophime cathedral and its adjacent cloister – this was my highlight. The main portal is simply masterpiece! (4) Alyscamps with S Honorat church – though tombs are not such elaborated as they are in Ravenna, I liked this burial site for its delicate atmosphere

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Ferrara

Matejicek Czechia - 16-Jun-19

Ferrara

Ferrara was a surprise for me. I expected just another WHS Italian town, but it can be described as a flat urban landscape stuffed with monuments such as Duomo, Castello Estenze, Palazzo Diamanti and others monumental buildings and palaces. So, my advice how to enjoy such sites is to be lost in the streets and to be “shocked” by random finding of something exceptional – for example 15th century Casa Romei (PHOTO) with very nice courtyards, loggias and original wooden ceilings. The town is quite big, thus tourists are evenly scattered within the large area, which is very refreshing after visiting touristy spots like Florence.

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Modena

Matejicek Czechia - 16-Jun-19

Modena

I spent a week in Modena in June 2019 and did short trips to other interesting places around (Parma, Mantova, Bologna, Ferrara, etc.). Despite warnings and quite low ratings by other travelers, I found Modena very nice town and a good place to stay. Luciano Pavarotti would agree with me. It was very pleasant week in Modena, and I would imagine even living there for some time. The town center is quite compact with picturesque streets, porticoes and ochre facades of houses. The traffic is limited in the center that also helps making Modena good place for living.

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Profile Data

Name
Matejicek
Country
Czechia
Most Impressive
Prague, Florence, Siena, Assisi, Bauhaus, Primeval beech forests
Proposal
Lecce, Scrovegni chapel, Amami-Oshima Island etc. forests, West Bohemian Spa Triangel + Luhacovice, Karlstejn
Rating Stats
Assisi 5
Oporto 5
Prague 5
Siena 5
Meteora 4.5
Arles 4
Brugge 4
Cracow 4
Kotor 4
Modena 4
Reims 4
Riga 4
Rome 4
Sintra 4
Telc 4
Vienna 4
Warsaw 4
Belem 3.5
Belfries 3.5
Ferrara 3.5
Orange 3.5
Potsdam 3.5
Trebic 3.5
Urbino 3.5
Verona 3.5
Graz 3
Pienza 3
Syracuse 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. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  13. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (T)
  14. 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)
  15. Fishpond Network in the Trebon Basin (T)
  16. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Austria) (T)
  17. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Germany) (T)
  18. Fuzina Hills in Bohinj (T)
  19. Geyser in Herlany (T)
  20. Great Spas of Europe (Czechia) (T)
  21. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  22. Karst Valleys of Slovakia (T)
  23. La Camargue (T)
  24. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  25. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  26. Les villes antiques de la Narbonnaise et leur territoire: Nimes, Arles, Glanum, aqueducs, via Domitia (T)
  27. Levadas of Madeira Island (T)
  28. Montagne Sainte-Victoire et sites cezaniens (T)
  29. Mountain-top Hotel and Television Transmitter Ještěd (T)
  30. Natural Reserves of Tatras Mountain (T)
  31. Nice, la ville neuve née du tourisme, ou l’invention de la Riviera (T)
  32. Nîmes, l'Antiquité au présent (T)
  33. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  34. Old Synagogue and Mikveh in Erfurt - Testimonies of everyday life, religion and town history between change and continuity (T)
  35. Orvieto (T)
  36. Paper Mill at Velké Losiny (T)
  37. Paysage culturel minier des Monts Métallifères (Erzgebirge) (T)
  38. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  39. Rade de Marseille (T)
  40. Renaissance Houses at Slavonice (T)
  41. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  42. Royal Seats in Esztergom, Visegrád with the former Royal Wood in the Pilis Mountain (T)
  43. Salento and the "Barocco Leccese" (T)
  44. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (T)
  45. Site of the Retiro and the Prado in Madrid (T)
  46. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)
  47. Sites mégalithiques de Carnac (T)
  48. Sites of Globalization (T)
  49. Sites of Great Moravia: Slavonic Fortified Settlement at Mikulcice - Church of St.Margaret at Kopcani (T)
  50. Sites of Great Moravia: Slavonic Fortified Settlement at Mikulcice - Church of St.Margaret at Kopcani (T)
  51. The broader region of Mount Olympus (T)
  52. The Burren (T)
  53. The city of Bergamo (T)
  54. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  55. The Cultural Landscape of Civita di Bagnoregio (T)
  56. The Dunejec River Gorge in the Pieniny Mountains (T)
  57. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  58. The Karlstejn Castle (T)
  59. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  60. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  61. The timeless, humanistic architecture of Jože Plečnik (T)
  62. The West Bohemian Spa Triangle (T)
  63. Tokaj Wine Region (T)
  64. Via Francigena in Italy (T)
  65. Villas of the Papal Nobility (T)
  66. Zagorochoria - North Pindos National Park (T)
  67. Žatec – the Hops Town (T)

Reviewed TWHS

  1. Nîmes, l'Antiquité au présent (T)
  2. Centro storico di Parma (T)
  3. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  4. The Karlstejn Castle (T)
  5. Fishpond Network in the Trebon Basin (T)
  6. Žatec – the Hops Town (T)
  7. The timeless, humanistic architecture of Jože Plečnik (T)
  8. Sites of Globalization (T)
  9. Via Francigena in Italy (T)
  10. Renaissance Houses at Slavonice (T)
  11. Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe - extension (Poland) (T)
  12. Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe - extension (Slovakia) (T)
  13. Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe - extension (Czechia) (T)
  14. 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)
  15. Bouches de Bonifacio (T)
  16. Sites of Great Moravia: Slavonic Fortified Settlement at Mikulcice - Church of St.Margaret at Kopcani (T)
  17. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (T)
  18. Tokaj Wine Region (T)
  19. Alanya (T)
  20. The broader region of Mount Olympus (T)
  21. Montagne Sainte-Victoire et sites cezaniens (T)
  22. Geyser in Herlany (T)
  23. Great Spas of Europe (Czechia) (T)
  24. The Burren (T)
  25. Archipelago of la Maddalena and Islands of Bocche di Bonifacio (T)
  26. Villas of the Papal Nobility (T)
  27. Salento and the "Barocco Leccese" (T)
  28. Orvieto (T)
  29. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  30. The Cultural Landscape of Civita di Bagnoregio (T)