The open space square was built in 1581-1582, Town Hall. Inspirer of the building was Prince Vratislav of Pernštejn. To pay for this construction permit Lanškroun became the exclusive supplier of salt and wine in the Lanškroun. The building built in the Renaissance style without tower with gabled roof. The outer walls were plastered with lime mortar and decorated envelope technique (graffiti) the manner of other buildings Vratislav of Pernštejn - castle in Litomyšl and Pardubice. Former one-story building has two portals. Northeast portal is decorated with diamond rusticwork into stone vtesány four arms (the left one Lanškroun domain owner Vratislav Nádherný Pernstein, the second crest Vratislavova wife Maria Manrique de Lara of outstanding Spanish family, the true emblem of the city's coat of arms Lanškrouna). Southwestern stone is decorated with three coats of arms. Above the central, municipal coat of arms for the takeover of the servitude Liechtensteins vtesán their coat of arms.
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.