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From a young age, Adriena Šimotová knew she wanted to be an artist. With encouragement from her mother, she began pursuing a fine arts education in Prague from the age of 14. At 19, Adriena Šimotová began studying at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design under Czechoslovakian painter Josef Kaplický. Art historian Milena Slavická says that by the time Šimotová was 19, she knew that becoming an artist was her destiny. Early on, she focused mainly on landscape paintings. However, as Šimotová grew as an artist, her work developed to be more abstract with a basis in reality. The artist once said, “I’m also interested in what can’t be seen there, but I know it’s there” (“Zajímá mě iRead more.

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Located along the trade routes running into Bohemia, the Český Krumlov Castle was built in the mid-13th century. The castle is considered the second-largest castle complex in all of Central Europe, second only to the Prague Castle. Throughout its long life, the castle has had many owners belonging to some of the wealthiest families in Central Europe. The castle was originally built in the Gothic style but has received multiple renovations by its many owners. Now, the castle boasts aspects of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture. One of the most stunning additions made to the castle was the Baroque Theatre. Built in the 17th century, the Baroque Theatre within the castle complex is one of the oldest and best-preserved BaroqueRead more.

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A giant castle that imprisoned a queen and houses a dragon is a thing of fairytales, except in the Czech Republic, where castles, princes, and magical spirits are intertwined into our history. Located near Karlovy Vary, Loket Castle was built in the 12th century in the Romanesque style and was most likely made to serve as a border fortress. However, through the 13th to 14th centuries, the castle and its surrounding town received an upgrade into a royal city. The castle received renovations into the Gothic style it bears today. Additionally, many royal families began to stay at the castle and used it as an escape from danger. In the early 14th century, Queen Eliška Přemyslovna and her young son,Read more.