Holašovice is a small historic village situated in the heart of Bohemia, 15 kilometers west of České Budějovice and due to its history it is an incredibly well-preserved example of a typical central European village.
It was first mentioned in the mid-13th century as a property of the Cistercian monastery. The village was ravaged by plague in the 16th century in which only two of its inhabitants survived and the village was immediately occupied by settlers from Bavaria and Austria. The population thus became predominantly German but after the Second World War the Germans were expelled from the region and the village was left deserted which contributed immensely to keeping its vernacular buildings in the South Bohemian Folk style intact making it thus an authentic example of the medieval system of houses and a ground plan and the village was designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998.
Today the village is restored and inhabited again with a population of around 140. The original village consists of 23 original farmsteads that are now protected architectural monuments and the village is definitely worth the trip.
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