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A: Church of St. Barbara. Dubičky

by Stanislav Dekanovsky, 140 meters away

Church of St. Barbara. Dubičky

B: Doerellova vyhlídka v noci - České středohoří

by Mára Mendel, 560 meters away

Doerellova vyhlídka v noci 13.11.2013

Doerellova vyhlídka v noci - České středohoří

C: Stadice - memorial of Přemysl Oráč

by Stanislav Dekanovsky, 4.9 km away

Stadice - memorial of Přemysl Oráč

D: lookout tower Varhošť

by Stanislav Dekanovsky, 5.6 km away

lookout tower Varhošť

E: Střekov castle

by Otakar Haška, 5.8 km away

Střekov castle

F: At the Ustí abutment of Opárno bridge

by Jakub Hruska, 5.9 km away

Highway designated D8 connects Prague with german city of Dresden. The last section has to pass over ...

At the Ustí abutment of Opárno bridge

G: On the supporting arch of Opárno bridge

by Jakub Hruska, 5.9 km away

Highway designated D8 connects Prague with german city of Dresden. The last section has to pass over ...

On the supporting arch of Opárno bridge

H: Under the supporting arch of Opárno bridge

by Jakub Hruska, 5.9 km away

Highway designated D8 connects Prague with german city of Dresden. The last section has to pass over ...

Under the supporting arch of Opárno bridge

I: Construction of Opárno bridge at D8 highway

by Jakub Hruska, 5.9 km away

Highway designated D8 connects Prague with german city of Dresden. The last section has to pass over ...

Construction of Opárno bridge at D8 highway

J: Under the Opárno bridge construction site

by Jakub Hruska, 6.0 km away

Highway designated D8 connects Prague with german city of Dresden. The last section has to pass over ...

Under the Opárno bridge construction site

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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