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Immagini nelle vicinanze di Czech Republic

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A: Poděbrady - náměstí Jiřího at night

di David Straka, 30 metri di distanza

Snowy King George Square in Podebrady, dominated by the statue of King George the sculptor Bohuslav S...

Poděbrady - náměstí Jiřího at night

B: Poděbrady

di Martin Hrdlička, 40 metri di distanza

Jiřího náměstí.

Poděbrady

C: Podebrady Chateau

di Tomas Rasek, 100 metri di distanza

Courtyard of chateau in center of czech city called Podebrady.

Podebrady Chateau

D: Podebrady View From Castle Tower

di David Straka, 110 metri di distanza

View of town Poděbrady from the castle tower, which dates from the mid 13th century.  The current app...

Podebrady View From Castle Tower

E: Městské hradby / City Walls

di Jan Vrsinsky, 7.1 km di distanza

Cihlové hradby ze 13. století a dvojité opevnění kolem celého historického jádra. Patří k nejcenějším...

Městské hradby / City Walls

F: Kostel sv. Jiljí a socha Sv. Vojtěcha

di Jan Vrsinsky, 7.2 km di distanza

Kostel sv. Jiljí a socha Sv. Vojtěcha

G: Turecká věž / Turkish Tower

di Jan Vrsinsky, 7.2 km di distanza

Turecká věž je vlastně vodárenská věž. Sedmihranná třípatrová renesanční vodárna byla postavena roku ...

Turecká věž / Turkish Tower

H: Věž ZŠ Tyršova Nymburk

di Jan Vrsinsky, 7.2 km di distanza

Věž ZŠ Tyršova Nymburk

I: Křeslo pro hosta / Let's Talk

di Jan Vrsinsky, 7.3 km di distanza

Křeslo pro hosta / Let's Talk

J: Stará půda / Old attic 1

di Jan Vrsinsky, 7.3 km di distanza

Stará půda / Old attic 1

Questo panorama è stato scattato in Czech Republic

Questa è una vista generale di 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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