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The Old Dye-Works in Úštěk
A rare and extraordinary sight to behold, this dye-works, which dates back to 1705, forms an integral part of the cluster of “birdhouses” perched on a rocky promontory in the town of Úštěk and is of great European cultural significance. The preserved dyeing equipment alone is a very unique find in Europe. The hybrid building, which consists of a ground floor made of brick, a first floor built in a “log-cabin” style, and a cellar carved directly into the sandstone bedrock, is the product of a series of intricate building phases. An unusually large amount of the building’s original structures, details, and architectural elements have remained intact. The building suffered from serious neglect and a lack of maintenance after 1945, however, the roof framing is now in the process of being restored while the building’s overall renovation plans are currently being drawn up. Once completed, the old dye-works workshop is intended to be open to the public for viewings and further anthropological study.
Villa Benies is situated in Lysá nad Labem, a town in the Central Bohemia Region some 40 kilometres away from Prague, in a neighbourhood called Litol. It was designed by architect Emil Králíček in 1912. The villa itself is a two-storey brick building with a flat roof originally designed to be a rooftop garden. As it was one of the first buildings with a flat roof in the Czech Republic and the very first building in the country designed to have a rooftop garden, the villa was declared to be an important architectural landmark by experts in the field in the early 2000s.