History

The Holy Trinity Column of Olomouc was inscribed on the UNESCO List

20 years ago The Holy Trinity Column of Olomouc was inscribed on the UNESCO List Exactly twenty years ago, on 2 December 2000, one of the most famous and significant monuments of Olomouc, the Baroque Holy Trinity Column, located in the main square of...

The writer Johannes Urzidil died in Rome in 1970

50 years ago The writer Johannes Urzidil died in Rome The writer and art historian Johannes Urzidil, was born in Prague on February 3, 1896, to a Czech-German father and a Jewish mother. In Prague, he studied at the German University, and then devoted...

The solution for the “Christian issue” in communist Czechoslovakia

Last year marked the seventieth anniversary of Akce K, the operation aimed at the illegal and violent mass liquidation of monasteries and Christian orders in a country that had just fallen into the abyss of totalitarianism Planned a year before its execution – in...

In 1870 a frightening storm devastated the Bohemian Forest

150 years ago The frightening storm that devastated the Bohemian Forest It was October 26, 1870 when a windstorm of vast proportions and unprecedented force struck with all its power on the woods of the Bohemian Forest (Šumava), the mountain range located on the...

The conclusion of the works of Vila Amerika dates back to 1720

300 years ago The conclusion of the works of Vila Amerika The Michnův letohrádek baroque building, also known as “Vila Amerika”, located in the New Town, was probably the first work in Prague by the Baroque architect Kilián Ignác Dientzenhofer. The building was constructed...

In 2000 the Marathon runner Emil Zátopek died

20 years ago Considered by many to be the most extraordinary long-distance runner of all time, for which he was nicknamed the “human locomotive”, Emil Zátopek was born in Kopřivnice, in the Nový Jičín district, on September 19, 1922. The first Olympic medals were...

The Kladruber, horses for kings and emperors

A Bohemian breed with six centuries of history, having also Italian blood in its vein In Kladruby nad Labem, 25 km from Pardubice, are the oldest stables in the world, a place surrounded by meadows, pastures, lanes and the remains of the ancient riparian...

Kundera vs Havel fifty years later

A passionate controversy on the ‘68 Praguian events between two masters of Czech history “It was a life that truly resembled to a work of art”. This is the posthumous eulogy dedicated by Milan Kundera to the only Czech who reached the same heights...

When Trieste was the Czech window in the world

A brief history of the relations between Czech lands and the Adriatic coast: from the joy of the 19th century, to the darkness of the 20th century Just to be able to return, Professor Karel Žlábek devised a 400 km long tunnel. It was...

The Stéblová train disaster

60 years ago What occurred on November 14, 1960 in Stéblová, in the Pardubice district, is considered one of the most serious railway accidents in the world. It was 5:42 pm when two trains collided at high speed on the single track about 1.5...