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A: Havlickovo Namesti

by Jan Ometak, 150 meters away

Havlickovo Namesti

B: New busstop

by Jan Ometak, 180 meters away

New busstop

C: Cemetery

by Jan Ometak, 920 meters away

Cemetery

D: Imgp2942tm Panorama

by Jan Ometak, 920 meters away

Imgp2942tm Panorama

E: Imgp6650 Panorama 2

by Jan Ometak, 2.1 km away

Imgp6650 Panorama 2

F: Forest

by Jan Ometak, 2.4 km away

Forest

G: 3 Crosses

by Jan Ometak, 2.7 km away

3 Crosses

H: Bohemian Paradise - Between Marias and Certova Vez

by Tomas Kysela, 3.9 km away

Panorama of an autumn morning in the pine forests of Bohemian Paradise. You can see sandstone formati...

Bohemian Paradise - Between Marias and Certova Vez

I: Bohemian Paradise - Cerna Ruka 1

by Tomas Kysela, 3.9 km away

Bohemian Paradise - Cerna Ruka 1

J: Bohemian Paradise - Cerna Ruka 2

by Tomas Kysela, 4.0 km away

An autumn sunrise in the Bohemian Paradise shot from the southern side of a rock formation called The...

Bohemian Paradise - Cerna Ruka 2

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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