Par force hunting landscapes were designed by absolute rulers throughout the 17th to 19th centuries in direct connection with their castles and parks. The impressive castles have received a lot of attention and appreciation for their history and architecture, whereas the hunting landscapes around them have largely been ignored—until now. The CIC is proud to share the news that on July 4th 2015, a series of three forests in North Zealand, Denmark were inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List because of their connection to the par force hunting landscape.
The Danish par force hunting landscape is rather modest, designed with a focus on its functional, geometric design. UNESCO’s experts commented specifically on the landscape with its “Outstanding Universal Value” which is encapsulated in the organization of the hunting forests, roads, buildings, stone fences, road names, and other historic markers which demonstrate the importance and significance of design in practical applications and orientation.
The CIC supports this inscription of par force hunting landscapes as an excellent accomplishment which once again underlines the cultural importance of hunting throughout world history. On behalf of the entire CIC, we congratulate the Danish experts for their devotion to the cause and applaud the hard work they put into this achievement.
Read more about the par force landscapes and the UNESCO expert opinions here.