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Courtyard in Winter: The Old Mill in Dolni Zdar

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The Mill is a typical example of the large number of decaying industrial architectural pearls from the 19th and 20th centuries rotting away in the Czech Republic. Thankfully, it has been undergoing a slow reconstruction over the past 5 years with a maximum level of respect for its heritage and in harmony with the surrounding village and landscape.

The Mill has a long and somewhat difficult to uncover history. Dolní Žďár was Sudeten and called Niedermuehle (Lower Mill) before World War II. The Mill was the center of commercial if not community activities and contained in its 3 buildings a bakery (complete with glazed brick baking oven), saw, store and warehouse. The mill was nationalized in 1948 and had reached a state of devastation by the time it was sold to private persons in 2002, at which time the town was trying to sell it to help finance the construction of a water system.

The present structures were built about a century ago, although there is evidence of a mill in this spot for at least three centuries. The water still turns a wheel - now it's a hydroelectric turbine, which sells its electricity back to the grid.

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A: 2nd floor Inside the Old Mill House

Фотограф: Jeffrey Martin, На расстоянии 10 метров отсюда

The idea of this reconstruction is to save the old and blend it in with the new. Great pains are bein...

2nd floor Inside the Old Mill House

B: Livingroom: The Old Mill

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Livingroom: The Old Mill

C: Courtyard at the Old Mill

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Courtyard at the Old Mill

D: Frank and Mary's Vestibule at the Old Mill

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Bruce bought an old mill from the village of Dolni Zdar. The sign on the road announcing the village ...

Frank and Mary's Vestibule at the Old Mill

E: 1st floor Inside the Old Mill House

Фотограф: Jeffrey Martin, На расстоянии 10 метров отсюда

The idea of this reconstruction is to save the old and blend it in with the new. Great pains are bein...

1st floor Inside the Old Mill House

F: Antique Bread Oven: The Old Mill in Dolni Zdar

Фотограф: Jeffrey Martin, На расстоянии 20 метров отсюда

This place used to be a mill. The mill ground the flour and then the guy in here baked bread. That's ...

Antique Bread Oven: The Old Mill in Dolni Zdar

G: End of Mill Race: The Old Mill in Dolni Zdar

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The Mill is a typical example of the large number of decaying industrial architectural pearls from th...

End of Mill Race: The Old Mill in Dolni Zdar

H: 3rd floor Inside the Old Mill House

Фотограф: Jeffrey Martin, На расстоянии 20 метров отсюда

The idea of this reconstruction is to save the old and blend it in with the new. Great pains are bein...

3rd floor Inside the Old Mill House

I: Behind the Old Mill: Willow Tree

Фотограф: Jeffrey Martin, На расстоянии 30 метров отсюда

Behind the Old Mill: Willow Tree

J: Millrace in Winter: The Old Mill in Dolni Zdar

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The Mill is a typical example of the large number of decaying industrial architectural pearls from th...

Millrace in Winter: The Old Mill in Dolni Zdar

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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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