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The pilgrimage church on the site and Marian Mount (491 m) is located directly on the main European watershed. From the left eaves roof water flows into Čermenky, Silent Eagle and Elbe estuary in the North Sea, flowing from right to Moravian Sázava Morava and Danube, which flows into the Black Sea. The Marian Mount from 18 century. held meetings of pilgrims traveling to Maria Zell in Austria. History of the pilgrimage begins in 1814, when A. Forman drove way Keprt cargo of millstones. On the rutted road, the car overturned and Forman remained trapped underneath. When asking for help Virgin Mary appeared to him radiant lady who helped him. Grateful Forman's left hanging on a wooden pole framed picture of the Virgin Mary. In 1864 a chapel was built in 1875 and today's church, in the interior of the chapel remained unchanged. In 1886 the church was added to 14 Stations of the Cross and there was planted lime avenue.

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This panorama was taken in Lanškrou a okolí, 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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