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Imagini apropiate de Czech Republic

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A: St. Vitus church Pelhřimov Czech Republic

de Marek S, la 9.7 km distanta

Pelhřimov oldest sacral building. It was built in the early 13th century, was reportedly ordained in ...

St. Vitus church Pelhřimov Czech Republic

B: Pelhřimov - Masaryk square

de Marco Maier, la 9.9 km distanta

Pelhřimov - Masaryk square

C: Pelhřimov - Masaryk square

de Marco Maier, la 9.9 km distanta

Pelhřimov - Masaryk square

D: "Silver spring" near Kremesnik hill

de David Outrata, la 12.3 km distanta

"Silver spring" near Kremesnik hill

E: Chapel of Saint John on the Kremesnik hill

de David Outrata, la 12.6 km distanta

Chapel of Saint John on the Kremesnik hill

F: Way of the cross on the Kremesnik hill

de David Outrata, la 12.9 km distanta

Way of the cross on the Kremesnik hill

G: Church on Kremesnik hill - in the winter

de David Outrata, la 12.9 km distanta

Church on Kremesnik hill - in the winter

H: Allley on the Kremesnik hill

de David Outrata, la 12.9 km distanta

Allley on the Kremesnik hill

I: Hrad Lipnice

de Martin Hrdlička, la 15.1 km distanta

Zřícenina hradu Lipnice ve Světlé nad Sázavou.

Hrad Lipnice

J: Cottages at the Czech-Moravian Highlands

de David Outrata, la 15.6 km distanta

Cottages at the Czech-Moravian Highlands

Aceasta panorama a fost facuta in Czech Republic

Aceasta este un ansamblu a 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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