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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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Following World War II, Czechoslovakia was attempting to regain composure in a latterly chaotic world. Edvard Beneš returned from his exile in London and became the new Czechoslovakian President. In order to hold the majority in the government, President Beneš created a coalition of multiple political parties, one of which was the Communist Party. The president himself was a member of the National Socialist Party, one of the other parties within his coalition. A government formed with positive intentions soon spiraled into a series of events that led to four decades of Communist rule for the people of Czechoslovakia. The skeptical post-war United States government grew concerned about the potential Soviet influence over the Czechoslovakian nation, and their decision toRead more.

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The 28th of September is a special day for the Czech Republic. Celebrated for centuries, it became the official day of Czech Statehood in 2000. It is no coincidence that the 28th of September is also the day of St. Wenceslas, and if you ask Czechs about the today’s holiday – most of them would answer that it’s the “St. Wenceslas Day”. We can draw a conclusion – St. Wenceslas is the most important symbol of the Czech State. For centuries, he had been considered a true ruler, while any other leader at Prague Castle was his representative or a temporal solution. This idea was especially popularized during the times of Charles IV in the XIV century. The Czech crown, created in 1346, was named after the firstRead more.