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In 1938 Czechoslovakia was declaring full mobilization

80 years ago Czechoslovakia was declaring full mobilization The Nazi threat on the country’s borders led to full mobilization of Czechoslovakia on September 23, 1938. Edvard Beneš was the one to proclaim it. A new government was installed, the one of general Jan Syrový....

Odoric of Pordenone, the Marco Polo of Bohemian origin

Born in Friuli to a father of Czech origin, in a decade he visited many unknown lands in Europe In the second half of the thirteenth century, in the Friulian town from which he took his name, Odoric of Pordenone was born, a Czech-born...

80 years ago, the resignations of Edvard Beneš

80 years ago The resignations of Edvard Beneš Edvard Beneš was one of the most distinguished men in the country and was a courageous defender of the democratic ideals of the first Czechoslovakian president, Tomáš G. Masaryk, whom he served as Foreign Minister from...

John Madden, the Scottish father of Czech football

John Madden, Prague and the story of a Mitteleuropean football revolution In 1905, when John Madden suddenly reappeared after having disappeared without a trace for almost ten years, everyone wondered what good wind had carried this Scottish gentleman with a musketeer’s moustache to Prague....

In 1928 the tragedy of Na Poříčí in Prague

90 years ago The tragedy of Na Poříčí in Prague Following the collapse of the Jakesch department store in Prague on October 9, 1928, forty-six people died and other twenty-three were injured. The building collapsed all of the sudden shortly after 3 PM, and...

150 years ago Václav Klement, co-founder of Škoda, was born

150 years ago Birth of Václav Klement, co-founder of Škoda On October 16, 1868 Václav Klement, mechanical expert, entrepreneur and co-founder of the car company Škoda was born. After having finished his studies in 1883, he started working in a bookshop in Mladá Boleslav....

Tourism: from resource to predicament?

The huge influx of tourists has changed the life of the capital, and it is time to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages. For years under the umbrella of economic profit, tourism has changed the connotations of the most beautiful Czech cities. Now some...

Hana Podolská, the Czech Coco Chanel

From August 30 until January 20, 2019 Hana Podolská, legend of Czech fashion The exhibition at the Museum of Decorative Arts “Hana Podolská, legend of Czech fashion” brings the audience back to the fashion salons of the first republic with about fifty original patterns....

Farewell to the sport of Radek Štěpánek

October 18 Farewell to the sport of Radek Štěpánek On October 18 will take place the farewell-sporting event of Radek Štěpánek, a tennis player of the Czech National and double winner of the Davis Cup, which announced his retirement last November. “The program will...

The lesson from Stalin’s shadow

Where the statue of the dictator once dominated Prague, a bunker holds an exhibition telling a century of Czechoslovakian history. Remembering dictatorships to manage freedom A metronome beats time in the sky. And of the statue of Stalin, the largest in the world, built...