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Czech Republic

Czech Republic is a land locked country near the top of Europe. it's bordered by Germany, Poland, Austria, and Slovakia. The population is 10,512,210. The land area is 30,450 sq miles. The GDP per capita is $27,165. The main language is Czech.

Czech Republic includes old territories of Bohemia, Moravia, and a small part of Silesia. Czech was formerly known as Bohemia, and in the late 9th century it was formed as a small place (Duchy) around Prague. At the time it was under the dominance of the Great Moravian Empire. Shortly after the Empire fell in 907, it became part of the Holy Roman empire. In 1212 the duchy became a kingdom. During the Hussite wars, the kingdom was faced with invaders from all over Europe on crusades. In 1526 the Crown of Bohemia was integrated into the Habsburg monarchy, along with the Archduchy of Austria and the Kingdom of Hungary. In the 18th century the Bohemian crown was abolished. After WWI, the Republic of Czechoslovakia was formed, after the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.Following a series of revolts,coup d'etats, and much dissatisfaction, Czechoslovakia peacefully spilt into its constituent states, Czech Republic and Slovak Republic.

Mount Snezka is the highest mountain in the Czech Republic. It is 5255 ft. high. The first recorded climb to to the peak was made in 1546, but a Venetian farmer. After that, settlements appeared on the mountain, mainly for mining communities. The mining shafts still remain intact. The first recorded German name was Riseberg, which means "giant mountain", then the name was changed to Reisenkoppe, "giant top", andthen to Schneekoppe, "snow top" or "snowy head". The Czech initially called it Pahrbek Snezny and later, Snezovka, and finally Snezka which means "snowy" or "snow covered". The first picture is a view of the valley below the mountain. The second is of a building on the mountain in the winter time.

Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic, it is also the largest city. During the era of the Holy Roman Empire, Prague was the permanent city of residence for two Holy Roman Emperors, thus making it the capital of the Holy Roman Empire. In Old Town Square, there is a beautiful clock tower, which has a inaccurate clock. This clock was built before it was widely known that the earth revolves around the sun. However, the clock still works and Prague schoolchildren are taught how to read the clock, but most don't remember by the time they leave school.
Prague is historically rich, all throughout the city there are old Churches and the Old Town Square is still kept in lovely shape. Personally, Prague is exactly what I expected from the capital of the Holy Roman Empire. The third picture is of the old clock tower.

The Valley of Upa

The Valley of Upa

Mt. Snezka in the snow

Mt. Snezka in the snow

Astronomical Clock

Astronomical Clock

Prauge from across the river

Prauge from across the river

Posted by JPalmer15 11:40 Archived in Czech Republic

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