Besides the original 7 Wonders of the world or even the New 7 Wonders of the world, almost every country wants to have its own Seven Wonders. In the Czech Republic there is no such list however, at least not an official one. Few years ago a local newspaper MfDNES organized an opinion poll. Over 1,2 million readers voted for the top seven architectural marvels in the country. Tourism-Review.com presents the results.
The Charles Bridge was an expected winner with 106,601 votes yet the silver medal holder was a surprise for the newspaper as well as renowned architects. The Dlouhe Strane power plant received 105,603 votes which was very close to the gold medal. The bronze goes to another famous site, the Prague Castle with 99,509 votes. Below the winners’ podium, the order is as follows: the Karlstejn castle (98 065 votes), Jested tower (85 764), Hluboka nad Vltavou chateau (81 444) and the historical city centre of Cesky Krumlov (80 796 votes).
"The final selection could more or less be foreseen. I am very pleased about the ranking of the Jested tower. It suggests that people took the modern architecture into account too,” said Zdenek Lukes, a Czech expert in history of architecture.
“The respondents favored the famous tourist attractions, although these bear no extraordinary architectonic quality,” commented one of the best-know Czech architects David Vavra. “I myself would definitely not include the Hluboka nad Vltavou chateau. The Santini’s church of St. John of Nepomuk on Green Hill on the other hand should in my opinion have had made it to the top five.”
The second place was the biggest surprise of the whole poll. The Dlouhe Strane power plant does not belong to generally known and admired works of architecture. The construction belongs without a doubt to the most interesting enterprises of modern technical architecture in the Czech Republic but on the other hand also to the most controversial ones. “There were protests against the project before and during the construction, yet people got to like it,” said Lukes and David Vavra added: “The construction is very questionable. It gets me a bit excited…in a decadent way. It’s kind of brutal. It somehow presents disrespect for nature.”