Beroun named “historic town of year”


Beroun in central Bohemia has been named the Czech Republic’s “historic town of the year” for 2009. The award goes for care of historical sites and comes with a cash prize of CZK 1 million (nearly USD 55,000). Accepting the honour at a ceremony at Prague Castle on Wednesday, Beroun’s mayor Jiří Besser thanked the team who had contributed to its rebirth after what he called “socialist devastation” and severe flooding in 2002. The runners-up spots in the competition went to Jilemnice and Uherské Hradiště.