Choustník Rosenberg Castle is the ruins of the same name located in the district of Tabor in South Bohemia region southeast of Tabor. This is a sample of "ganerbenburgu" in the walls housed a number of separate owners. The ruins now restored and open to the public. The tower of the castle serves as a lookout.It was founded Beneš of Choustník in 1262nd It is interesting that this is essentially a two palaces. They built their sons Mr. Benes. Everyone had his own palace and had the walls of a common defense against aggression. It's our only dvouhrad in Bohemia. Lords of Choustník it has traded since 1322 as well as other assets with Peter I. von Rosenberg and gained Chlumec Cidlinou and (Choustnikovo) Hradiste. During the reign of the Rosenbergs was reinforced defensive function and the castle became the focal point of the boundary of the Rosenberg dominion. During the Hussite wars, became a prison for captured Hussite priest Ulrich II. Rosenberg. Peter Vok of Rosenberg sold the castle and brewery, hop-gardens, a mill, a saw, poplužním court, gardens, orchard, sheep-fold and eight villages in 1596 from George Homutovi Harasov, since 1614, the castle is described as desolate. The estate passed to his daughter Susan Homutovu and its descendants, from which it Czernin Vaclav Herman in 1674 the estate passed to his creditors, John Spork. From there went into possession of his nephew's daughter Constance Marie and her second husband, Charles Joseph Voračického of Paběnice (since 1706). His family remained Choustník until 1838. His youth spent in the vicinity of Castle Countess Eleanor Kounicova, including supporters of Bozena Nemcova. In 1948 Benjamin was Raolu expropriated.
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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.