The Czech Republic has one of the richest concentrations of great houses and castles in Europe – around 12,600 survive – and numerous enchanting and unspoilt little Renaissance and Baroque towns. It is a land rich in churches and monasteries, with an important vernacular tradition, evident in picturesque wooden churches and gabled Baroque farmsteads.
No fewer than 40,000 buildings are listed as of architectural or cultural significance, in addition to 200 conservation zones in histroic towns and as many as twelve sites are on the UNESCO list of World Heritage monuments.
Much of this marvellously rich cultural heritage suffered grievously during the Communist years, but since the Velvet Revolution of 1989 enourmous efforts have been made both by the government and private individuals to restore the Czech architectural and artistic patrimony.
The task is huge, as the Czech cultural legacy is so rich, and countless buildings are desperately in need of funds and conservation. The Friends have already funded several important projects. You may view our current projects here.
You can be involved in many ways:
Subscribe to become a member - Annual membership costs £25 per individual but your ongoing support enables us to commit to vital restoration projects in the Czech Republic.
Donate - Make a one off donation of whatever amount you wish towards our work. You can also support a specific project close to your heart.
Leave a legacy -Your legacy will be safeguarding heritage treasures for future generations.
Volunteer for us - Donate time, experience, ideas - become of one of The Friends.
Photo: top, the Masquerade Hall in the castle of Český Krumlov. Above right, at one of our working holidays at Červený Dvůr in South Bohemia