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Zaluzi Naves

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A: Soběslav Aerial 360 Panorama Photo

by Jeffrey Martin, 4.6 km away

Soběslav Aerial 360 Panorama Photo

B: Old Jewish Cemetery-since 1750

by Jakub Laštovička, 9.2 km away

Old Jewish Cemetery-since 1750

C: watchtower Krátošice

by Jakub Laštovička, 12.5 km away

watchtower Krátošice

D: Edvard Beneš-tomb

by Jakub Laštovička, 15.1 km away

Edvard Benes was born as the youngest son into a peasant family living in the district of Rakovnik. A...

Edvard Beneš-tomb

E: RUINS OF THE KOZÍ HRÁDEK CASTLE

by Jakub Laštovička, 16.4 km away

The ruins of the Kozí Hrádek ("Goat's Small Castle") lie about 5 km south-east of the town Tábor on t...

RUINS OF THE KOZÍ HRÁDEK CASTLE

F: Cervena Lhota State Castle

by Jakub Jakeš, 16.5 km away

Cervena Lhota State Castle

G: Cervena Lhota Castle 2

by jiri spacaj, 16.5 km away

Cervena Lhota Castle 2

I: Cervena Lhota Castle 1

by jiri spacaj, 16.6 km away

Cervena Lhota Castle 1

J: Hunting Lodge

by Jakub Laštovička, 16.6 km away

Hunting Lodge

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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