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The term robot is the one used fairly often in today’s science fiction, researches, and Hollywood movies. What might surprise you, however, is that this term was created by a Czech writer, Karel Čapek. Čapek became famous for his science fiction literature, especially War with the Newts (1936), and was nominated for the Nobel Prize seven times (yet, unfortunately, never received it.) During his teenage years, Čapek was interested in different things – starting from Cubism (that had a vast influence on his writing), ending with aesthetics and philosophy. His career as a journalist started with Národní listy, where he worked as an editor with his brother for four years. Afterward, Karel joined the other publishing newspaper, Lidové noviny, whereRead more.

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Feeling like checking out a movie? We put together a list of our favorite Czech movie recommendations that might tell you quite a bit about the Czech culture or simply gift you with a lovely evening! Kolya (1996) This Czech drama won the Academy Award for the “Best Foreign Language Film” and the Golden Globe Award for the “Best Foreign Language Film.”  Jan Svěrák, a notable director, stands behind the creation of the movie in which his father Zdeněk Svěrák, a well-known script-writer, played one of the main characters. The sequence of events starts in 1988 when the Soviet bloc is beginning to disintegrate. František Louka is an average Czech bachelor who has just lost his job as a concertRead more.

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The Czech Republic has a long and rich history, especially the cities as old as Prague. However, one of the most historically relevant areas of the city is the Jewish Quarter, which has evidence of its existence dating back to the eleventh century. The Spanish Synagogue, located in the heart of the Jewish Quarter, is not nearly as historical as some of the surrounding buildings. It was completed in 1868, which makes it almost 600 years younger than the nearby Old-New Synagogue. However, the Spanish Synagogue’s location and mysterious history make it as fascinating as its older neighbors. The Old School or Altschule Before the construction of the stunning Spanish Synagogue, the same site was home to a synagogue calledRead more.