Czech Republic

What would you like the youth of America to know?

Czech Republic -- it is not only ancient monuments and rich cultural heritage, but also beautiful landscape. All young Americans I can highly recommend -- travel and visit Czech Republic.

What they sent me:
The letter from the Czech Republic was short and sweet but answered my question, which I truly appreciated.

Called Czechia locally, the Czech Republic is a landlocked country in central Europe. At 30,450 square miles it's a little smaller than South Carolina and has a population of over 10.5 million people.

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The Czech Republic was originally comprised of the Kingdom of Bohemia and Moravia, was part of the the Holy Roman Empire, and also included in the Habsburg Empire. In 1918, it declared its independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire and was rechristened Czechoslovakia. Czechoslovakia was Communist-ruled starting in 1948 until the Velvet Revolution of 1989. In 1993, Czechoslovakia was peacefully dissolved and split into two independent states: the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

The Czech Republic has 12 UNESCO cultural heritage sites including over 2,000 castles, chateaux, and ruins. The country has both medieval and Renaissance cities as well as modern architecture.

The capital city is Prague, also called The Golden City and The City of a Hundred Spires (although it has over 1,000 spires). The Prague Castle is the largest castle area in the world. The official website of Prague says that the city is "a 3D architecture textbook:" "Romanesque chapels and cellars, Gothic cathedrals, Baroque palaces and gardens, worldly Art Nouveau buildings, and unique Cubist architecture make it a place with no parallel in the world."

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Official Name
Czech Republic

Parliamentary Democracy

Current Leader
Miloš Zeman

• Zeman is the first directly elected president of the Czech Republic

Recommended sites
Presidential Website

President's Personal Page

Czech Tourism

Prague Website