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Närliggande bilder i Czech Republic

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A: Vodni svet

av Jiri Macek, 120 meter bort

vodní svět v zoologické zahradě ve Dvoře Králové nad Labem. Vodní svět se nachází vedle areálu slonů ...

Vodni svet

B: Ptačí svět

av Jiri Macek, 120 meter bort

Ptačí svět

C: Roh u slonů

av Jiri Macek, 160 meter bort

Roh u slonů

D: Rozcesti dolni cesta k safari

av Jiri Macek, 610 meter bort

Rozcesti dolni cesta k safari

E: Dvur Kralove

av Martin Hrdlička, 620 meter bort

Ve Dvoře Králové se nachází jedno z největších ZOO v České republice.

Dvur Kralove

F: Sochor's villa by architect Josef Gočár

av Joseph Svejnoha, 870 meter bort

The bussinessman Josef Sochor, who owned weaving factory and paper-mill in Hradec Kralove,during his ...

Sochor's villa by architect Josef Gočár

H: Kuks Via Crucis

av Libor Fettr, 5.4 km bort

 Calvary of 21st centuryCountry of Cross (Čestmír Mudruňka)The Way is situated near Kuks. The whole p...

Kuks Via Crucis

I: Kuks

av Martin Hrdlička, 7.2 km bort

Zámecké zahrady.

Kuks

J: Kuks - Holy Trinity Church

av Libor Fettr, 7.4 km bort

HOSPITAL WITH VIRTUES AND VICESThe building of the hospital dominated the right bank of the river. Th...

Kuks - Holy Trinity Church

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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