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The Beauty That is Prague from Ahmedali099's blog

PRAGUE, THE CZECH REPUBLIC


The City of Prague is like a blossoming rose. It's lovely, fragile petals full of life unfurl gently from the tightly coiled bud that held them snug for so long. They are now stretching toward the sunshine of each new day. The time is ripe for a visit to this city.


HISTORY

After World War I, what had Prague sightseeing tickets been known as the Austro-Hungarian Empire became Czechoslovakia, with Prague as its capital. In 1939, Czechoslovakia was occupied by Nazi Germany and much of the Jewish population fled or was killed. The city contains an important museum and several structures from this time. This was a terrible time in history for the citizens of this land, as well as many others.


Under Communist control, all buildings were painted gray. This was seen as an attempt to dampen the moods of citizens and tamp them down into submission. In 1989, with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the country's Velvet Revolution, Czechoslovakia began to free itself of Communist reign and began significant changes that put it on a pathway to its current transformation. In 1993, the country split into two governing bodies: the Czech Republic, of which Prague is the capital, and Slovakia, of which Bratislava is the capital.


BOHEMIA AND MORAVIA

There are two historic regions of the Czech Republic: Bohemia and Moravia. For centuries, the entire country was known as Bohemia in the English language. It accounts for approximately two-thirds of the land in the Czech Republic. Moravia got its name from the Morava River in the region's northwest section. Moravia accounts for about one-third of the eastern land of the Czech Republic.


AFTER THE COMMUNIST REGIME

Naturally, the Czech people began to express their feelings more freely. One of the first changes the people of Prague made after the fall of Communist control was to change the drab paint scheme thrust upon them. The buildings were repainted in bright colors of pink, green, blue, and yellow - anything but the depressing gray they had known for decades.


CITY HIGHLIGHTS

Highlights for visitors to Prague today include the Prague Castle, the Vltava River, the Old Town Square, the Old Town Hall Tower and Astronomical Clock, the Charles Bridge, the Jewish Quarter, and the pendulum. This pendulum replaced a statue of Stalin from the Communist era.


Prague Castle: This castle is the largest complex of its type in Europe for medieval castles. The castle can be seen from virtually any high point in Prague and is one of the city's best known tourist attractions. The center includes the Saint Vitus Cathedral, St. George's Basilica, Lobkowicz Palace, and numerous viewing towers, art galleries, and museums.



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