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Olga Hepnarová, the last woman to ever be executed by the Czechoslovakian government, was put to death for killing 8 people with a truck on July 10th, 1973. Born in 1951, Olga Hepnarová had a banker father and a dentist mother. From what’s known, Olga had a completely normal and pleasant upbringing, but developed a mental illness in her adolescence and attempted suicide when she was only 13, forcing her to spend some of her teenage years in and out of psychiatric hospitals. She managed to become a librarian and later ditched the library to become a driver. Olga also had a shaky relationship with her family. Despite her mother supporting her financially, Olga felt she was always cold and distantRead more.

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While Charles IV is a household name in the Czech Republic, Rudolf II sometimes gets overlooked, despite being the king who moved the Habsburg residency from Vienna back to Prague in the 17th century. This made Prague the place to be at the time. As a child, Rudolf lived in Vienna until he was 11 years old, when his father Maximillian sent him off with his siblings to study with his uncle, Spanish King Filip II.  Rule of the King As Maximillian’s oldest son, Rudolf took the throne in 1576 after his death and moved the dynasty to Prague, making the city a cultural and political centre of Europe. It was during this era that you could peruse the streetsRead 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.