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A: Ostrava Radnice

by Richard Toman, 660 meters away

Ostrava Radnice

B: Ostrava - Komenského sady

by Richard Toman, 660 meters away

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Ostrava - Komenského sady

C: Ostrava z věže Nové radnice

by Robert Mročka, 680 meters away

Pohled na Ostravu z vyhlídkové věže Nové radnice ve výšce 73 metrů. 

Ostrava z věže Nové radnice

D: Ostrava - Komenského sady Lávka přes Ostravici

by Richard Toman, 720 meters away

Park u řeky Ostravice, který dnes nazýváme Komenského sady, začal vznikat přirozenou cestou už před m...

Ostrava - Komenského sady Lávka přes Ostravici

E: Ostrava - Komenského sady

by Richard Toman, 790 meters away

Komenského sady se rozléhají po levém břehu řeky Ostravice v délce cca 1,3 km. Rozprostírají se od no...

Ostrava - Komenského sady

F: Miniatury Ostrava

by Richard Toman, 790 meters away

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Miniatury Ostrava

G: Ostrava - Komenského sady u vstupu

by Richard Toman, 820 meters away

Park u řeky Ostravice, který dnes nazýváme Komenského sady, začal vznikat přirozenou cestou už před m...

Ostrava - Komenského sady u vstupu

H: Ostrava - Komenského sady

by Richard Toman, 900 meters away

Park u řeky Ostravice, který dnes nazýváme Komenského sady, začal vznikat přirozenou cestou už před m...

Ostrava - Komenského sady

I: CT-OVA

by Radomir Skoupy, 1.0 km away

CT-OVA

J: studio1

by Radomir Skoupy, 1.0 km away

studio1

This panorama was taken in Czech Republic

This is an overview of Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is a cool little landlocked country south of Germany and Poland, with a national addiction to pork and beer. Potatos, cabbage, and dumplings are close behind them, and they also have this great bar food called "utopenec." It means "a drowned man," it's pickled sausage with onions, perfect with some dark wheat bread and beer. The Czech bread is legendary, like a meal all by itself.

Czechoslovakia first became a sovereign state in 1918 when it declared independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The state of Czechoslovakia lasted until the "Velvet Divorce" of 1993, which created Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

It was occupied by Germany in WWII but escaped major damage, unlike most other European cities. The nation's capital, Prague, retains some of Europe's most beautiful Baroque architecture as well as one of the largest medieval castle complexes still standing. The President of the Czech Republic has his offices in the Prague Castle even today.

There was a coup d'etat in 1948 and Czechoslovakia fell under Soviet rule. For fifty years Czechoslovakia was a Socialist state under the USSR, subject to censorship, forced atheism and even the arrest of jazz musicians!

In 1989, communist police violently squashed a pro-democracy demonstration and pissed everybody off so bad that a revolution erupted over it, finally ending the Communist rule.

The next twenty years saw rapid economic growth and westernization. Today in Prague you can eat at McDonald's or KFC, shop for snowboarding boots and go see a punk rock show.

The Czech Republic took over the presidency of the European Union in January 2009. This instantly created lots of political drama because the President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus, is a renowned Euroskeptic.

We anxiously await the outcome of "President Klaus vs. the Lisbon Treaty", a world heavywieght fight sceduled for spring 2009.

Text by Steve Smith.

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