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Jested

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A: Inside Jested Tower, Liberec - 1

by Jeffrey Martin, 20 meters away

Looking at the ice-encrusted mountain view from the inside of Jested Tower, the strange communist mon...

Inside Jested Tower, Liberec - 1

B: Jested - Lounge

by Tomas Kysela, 20 meters away

Jested - Lounge

C: Inside the Tower in Jested with the Family

by Jeffrey Martin, 30 meters away

Yes, even babies enjoy the strange mountaintop communist relic that is the Jested Tower. Bring the wh...

Inside the Tower in Jested with the Family

D: Ještĕd tower and Jizera mountains

by Erik Krause, 30 meters away

Ever since the Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 the Ještĕd isn't unknown any more. The summit prov...

Ještĕd tower and Jizera mountains

E: Jested Tower and view of the mountains

by Jeffrey Martin, 50 meters away

Ještěd Tower is a 94 meter tall hyperboloid tower, built between 1963 and 1968. Inside you can find t...

Jested Tower and view of the mountains

F: Jested

by Yurii Boombarasch, 70 meters away

Mountain Jeated, The Chech Republic.Ještěd (Czech pronunciation: [ˈjɛʃcɛt]; German: Jeschken) is the ...

Jested

G: Jested, Liberec, Czech Republic

by Martin Brunclík, 70 meters away

Timeless transmitter construction with hotel and restaurant (built in 1973) on the 1012 meters above ...

Jested, Liberec, Czech Republic

H: Jested - Virive Kameny Autumn Inversion

by Tomas Kysela, 440 meters away

Jested - Virive Kameny Autumn Inversion

I: Jested - Virive Kameny Winter Sunset

by Tomas Kysela, 450 meters away

Vířivé Kameny is a quartzite rock formation standing just below the summit of the Ještěd mountain wit...

Jested - Virive Kameny Winter Sunset

J: Jested - Cerveny Kamen Viewpoint Sunny Spring Afternoon

by Tomas Kysela, 870 meters away

View from a rock formation Červený Kámen (Red Stone) on southwestern slopes of the Jested mountain. I...

Jested - Cerveny Kamen Viewpoint Sunny Spring Afternoon

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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