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Czech glass gains world class status

Made famous by its brewing industry, Czech glassware has been added to the World Heritage list by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

This week, at a meeting in Botswana, the Czech Republic’s nomination was approved by the Intergovernmental Committe, meaning the country’s glassware becomes inscribed to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

According to reports from Travel Daily, František Reismüller, director of the Czech Tourism Centre – CzechTourism said: “Glassmaking is an important industry especially in the Liberec and Zlín regions and also in Vysočina. It is also a topic that is travelled to the Czech Republic from all over the world, and I believe that thanks to today’s inscription on the UNESCO list, even more will do so.”

The uniqueness of Czech glass can be seen in many forms, especially in bars within the country, often sporting decoction brewed lagers. According to reports, unlike in other countries, Czech glassmaking uses many techniques beyond simple glassblowing.

Katarina Hobbs, director of Czech Tourism UK and Ireland explained: “Czech glass production is one of our finest traditions and it’s a proud moment to see this recognised by UNESCO. Our glass products are a real pull for visitors to Czechia and never fails to impress when they visit the wonderful factories and museums.”

Hobbs highlighted how “Czech crystal and glass is more famous than some people realise. It has graced the tables of royalty, adorned the interiors of grand palaces, and been featured in prestigious exhibitions and galleries all over the world. The timeless art of glass making dates back to the 12th Century and can be found in some of the most lavish locations in the world – even the Palace of Versailles.”

Reismüller added: “I congratulate the glassmakers and all those who contributed to this success.”

This year, Czech Republic’s Saaz hop region Žatec was also added on the World Heritage list, amplifying the country’s beer-related traditions as culturally and historically significant.

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