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Did you know the father of all modern, western education was a Czech? Jan Amos Komenský (anglified as John Amos Comenius) was one of the earliest proponents of universal education, and introduced foundational concepts like illustrated textbooks, teaching in native languages rather than Latin, and more progressive, logic-based thinking instead of plain memorization. He also pioneered social justice issues in regards to education, advocating for education for poor children, women, and disenfranchised people. Born in Moravia in 1592, Komenský spent the first half of his life involved with the church during the religious wars, and wrote influential writings spiritual writings that made him famous throughout Europe.  As a prominent protestant figure, Komenský was sent into exile after the war, andRead more.

Prague Castle, the largest castle complex in the world, is a delight to photographers and other artists for its perfect location on a hill overlooking Prague’s medieval architecture. The castle started out as a small fortress, on high and easily defensible terrain. The Vltava has an ugly tendency to flood periodically, and when it does, it wreaks havoc upon the buildings and bridges in its way. Prague Castle, being on the hill, is impervious to such whims of nature. The first building in the castle complex was the Church of the Virgin Mary, in the 9th century AD. In the 10th century, Vratislaus I founded the Church of St. George, in which the remains of his mother, St. Ludmila, wouldRead more.

Boleslaus (Boleslav) gained his peculiar nickname for an act of particular brutality. His brother was Wenceslas I (Vaclav). Wenceslas, as the older brother, was the Duke of Bohemia. Boleslaus, at the instigation of their mother, Drahomira, murdered Wenceslas and took the title. Boleslaus and Wenceslas were the sons of Vratislaus I (Vratislav), who died in battle in the year 921. Their grandparents, Borivoj and Ludmila, were baptized by St. Methodius, who, along with his brother Cyril, popularized Slavic (rather than Latin) Christianity in Bohemia and Moravia. After the death of Vratislaus, Ludmila took charge of caring for and educating Wenceslas, while Drahomira took care of Boleslaus. Drahomira had been a pagan, and perhaps still was. Some believe that this isRead more.