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Hrad Lipnice

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Zřícenina hradu Lipnice ve Světlé nad Sázavou.

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A: Ledec Nad Sazavou Namesti, Main Square

av Vlastislav Tauterman, 12.9 km bort

Ledec Nad Sazavou Namesti, Main Square

Ledec Nad Sazavou Namesti, Main Square

B: Ledec Nad Sazavou, bridge

av Vlastislav Tauterman, 13.0 km bort

Ledec Nad Sazavou, bridge

Ledec Nad Sazavou, bridge

C: Sedlicka prehrada

av Jiri Vambera, 15.1 km bort

Sedlicka prehrada

D: Teepees at our summer camp

av Jan Straka, 18.7 km bort

Panorama of twelve typis standing during our summer camp near village Chlum. The camp was organised b...

Teepees at our summer camp

E: Inside Teepee At Summer Camp

av Jan Straka, 18.7 km bort

View of the interior of one of the twelve typis standing during our summer camp near village Chlum. T...

Inside Teepee At Summer Camp

F: Aimless bridge from 1939

av Jiri Vambera, 23.8 km bort

Aimless bridge from 1939

H: Chapel of Saint John on the Kremesnik hill

av David Outrata, 24.1 km bort

Chapel of Saint John on the Kremesnik hill

I: Aimless Bridge

av Jiri Vambera, 24.3 km bort

Aimless Bridge

J: St. Vitus church Pelhřimov Czech Republic

av Marek S, 24.3 km bort

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

St. Vitus church Pelhřimov Czech Republic

Det här panoramat togs i Czech Republic

Detta är en översikt av 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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