Country - Czech Republic
Czech Republic Country Information
Czech Republic is a nation which has been dissociated from the erstwhile Czechoslovakia in the year 1993. The undivided Czechoslovakia had been undergoing struggle for independent statehood spurred by the resentment against the single party rule by the Communist party of Czechoslovakia which ruled incessantly for forty one years. The transition of power resulted in a smooth bloodless coup which is known as Velvet Revolution or Gentle Revolution in 1989. The outcome was the creation of two independent states Czech and Slovakia which freed them from the Soviet influenced communist regime. Both the Republics of Czech and Slovakia emerged as highly successful economies thereafter.
Czech is a landlocked country. It is surrounded in the west and a part of its northwest by Germany. The north eastern border and a part of eastern border are shared by Poland. While the south eastern border is common with Slovakia, the entire eastern frontier is in contiguity with Austria.
Czech is ranked as the seventh safest and the most peaceful country in the world, according to a UN report. Prague is the capital and largest city of Czech republic. Czech is the official language and the Human Development Index has been estimated as very high at 0.878.
Religion assumes least importance in the Czech Republic. Interestingly enough, the land which was earlier marked by Christianity till 20th century, is now a place considered as indifferent to any religion due to subsequent decline in religious culture. Total absence of theists may not be the general feature in the country with sporadic presence of followers of Far East religions.
The mixed culture inherited from different races of ancestors lived for many centuries is a special feature that strikes the eye of international tourists. The architecture that dominates the manors and chateaux in the capital city of Prague itself exudes much about Gothic, Romanesque, Baroque and Renaissance styles. This is not to mean that the country claims magnificence by the cultural legacy alone; even the native people in today’s world make for a good matching contribution for the gracefulness of the land.
The Prague castle is the largest ancient castle-complex that does not lose its grandeur after more than1000 years of construction. Like a gigantic whale that suddenly pops up to the nearby sailors, the UNESCO World Heritage Monument castle shockingly pervades the mind of visitors with its appalling size. Spread over 70,000 square meters it is a large scale condominium consisting of composition of palaces and ecclesiastical edifices of different architectural styles.
Charles Bridge, a stone Gothic Bridge, in Prague looks like a mini dam built over the Vltava river and is marked by the big Baroque statues on either side of the wide walkway. The Grevin Wax Museum in the city is the largest museum in Europe housing wax-mannequins of celebrities, historic luminaries, legendary figures in sports etc. The National Museum in Prague is the largest of its kind in the country and it requires more than a week for an inquisitive visitor curious to know the background of each artifact.
The most important French style chateau, called Konopiste Chateau, is hailed by many visitors as one of the most beautiful manors which holds unignorable significance for the assassination of the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand that is believed to have triggered off the World War I.
In addition to the capital city Prague, the country in other places too is well marked by World Heritage sites and royal palaces of bygone era.
The modern Czech Republic is radiantly active in economic progress and is ranked as one of the standard paragons worth following by many countries in the developing world.