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Holy Hill Mikulov

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Nearby images in Czech Republic


A: Mikulov - Svatý kopeček

by Zoltan Duray, 10 meters away

Mikulov - Svatý kopeček

B: Mikulov square

by Cibula Vincent, 500 meters away

Na nemesti v Mikulove. The square in the Mikulov.

Mikulov square

C: Zamecka Zahrada Mikulov

by Robert Mročka, 610 meters away

Zámecká zahrada zámku Mikulov

Zamecka Zahrada Mikulov

D: Mikulov The castle garden

by Cibula Vincent, 630 meters away

Mikulov - The Castle Garden The former Liechtenstein and later Diestrichstein chateau on the rock has...

Mikulov The castle garden

E: Mikulov - Kozí hrádek

by MarcelL, 630 meters away

Mikulov - Kozí hrádek

F: Britova Vez Mikulov

by Robert Mročka, 640 meters away

Pohled z břitové věže na zámku Mikulov.

Britova Vez Mikulov

G: Mikulov castle

by Cibula Vincent, 660 meters away

Na nadvori Mikulovskeho zamku. Castle courtyard in the Mikulov.

Mikulov castle

H: Mikulov - viewpoint

by MarcelL, 660 meters away

Mikulov - viewpoint

I: Mikulov castle lookout

by Michal Szajter, 690 meters away

Mikulov castle lookout

J: Above Nesyt pond

by Michal Szajter, 6.0 km away

Above Nesyt pond

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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