Villa Tugendhat is a historical building in the wealthy neighbourhood of Černá Pole in Brno, Czech Republic. It is one of the pioneering prototypes of modern architecture in Europe, and was designed by the German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Villa Tugendhat was included on the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites on 16th of December 2001.
Built of reinforced concrete between 1928 and 1930 for Fritz Tugendhat and his wife Greta, the villa soon became an icon of modernism. They enjoyed just eight years in the villa before fleeing Czechoslovakia with their children in 1938. It was confiscated by the Gestapo in 1939 and used as an apartment and office; its interior was senselessly modified and many pieces disappeared. It suffered considerable damage during combat at the end of World War II and later, when it served as quarters and stables for the Soviet military. It was partially repaired and used for various purposes (for example as a children’s physiotherapy center) for several decades after World War II. On 26 August 1992 the political leaders of Czechoslovakia met there to sign the document that divided the country. Reconstruction and restoration finished in February 2012 and the villa was reopened to the public.
Note: The villa was a principal location in the 2007 film Hannibal Rising and Simon Mawer’s novel The Glass Room is a fictional account of a house inspired by the villa.
Prague by J.Dezort, 50’s, Tatra, Charles Bridge
Thank you! There are many great blogs on this site that fully or partially focus on the country and my main aim with this thing was to introduce it more from the point of view of somebody that actually lives there. I also wanted to “spice up” the tag a little bit with something else than various pictures of Prague and occasional porn :D
It really makes me wonder what must people who know the country mostly from the tag think about us :D
It seems that for the last 6 days I’ve been posting every single day. Looks like me and queue still aren’t friends.
Not even colleagues.
But thank you anyway for all the support I’ve got and ahoj to all new followers :)
Ježibaba in Czech and Slovak* | Baba Yaga in Russia, Poland and Bulgaria | in southern Slavic countries Baba Roga | is a Slavic mythological being that has the form of an ugly, old woman who lives by herself in the mountains or in the woods.
Ježibiba is the personification of evil forces. When a human strays to her hut, which often stands on one chicken leg, they will be eaten. In this sense she is pretty cultivated and cooks the meat in her oven. In need of travel Ježibaba uses broom as a flying device. However, in eastern European folklore you could see her soaring on a mortar. When Baba Yaga is dying the trees are bending and the wind roars.
The name has its roots in the word Baba, which means an old woman. Similar character can be observed in almost all European nations, mostly only known as simple witch - a female who does magic (in Czech: čarodějnice). Ježibaba is also the main villain in Czech version of the German fairytale Hansel and Gretel.
Vojtěch Kubašta, Czech children’s illustrator, paper engineer, and author, was one of the twentieth century’s most imaginative and remarkable artists.
He combined a knowledge of Czech folk art, puppetry, architecture, and the graphic arts to create playful universes of wonder and magic that awed and amazed both children and adults. He was not widely recognized during his lifetime, nevertheless he created over three hundred titles that were published on every continent, translated into more than thirty-seven languages, and sold over 10 million copies.
He left an enduring legacy of pop-up and illustrated books that will forever enchant readers.
The Battle of Zborov (bitva u Zborova in Czech)
was actually a mere episode in World War I but its significance for Czechs and Slovaks was enormous. Consequences of this battle, fought in July 1917 near Ukrainian town Trampole, were not only positive for forming Czechoslovak legions in Russia to fight against Central Powers but also contributed to the abroad recognition of the Legions and the creation of independent Czechoslovakia.
The Czechoslovak soldiers were unlike their Russian colleagues extremely enthusiastic to fight Austro-Hungarian troops - after all their final purpose was to free their lands from the Empire. Yet odds weren’t exactly in their favour - half of them didn’t have the basic equipment and the unit wasn’t even synchronized. Austrian side was not only very well prepared for the offensive but half of their defensive lines that came directly into contact with the brigade were ironically Czechs. Neither side knew at the time that this battle would be fought mainly between the members of one nationality.
At the beginning of the battle the Czechoslovak brigade advanced so quickly that Russian command thought for a while there was a mass desertion. Their success can’t be only attributed to their high morale but also to their way of fighting. Previously used as explorers, they attacked in small knots and their lower officers were very adaptable with their commands instead of following military doctrines. In the end the brigade managed to won over all three enemy zones and capture 4000 soldiers (more than the brigade had itself).
Czechoslovak legions later occupied the 8000 km long Trans-Siberian highway and thus controlled the whole Sibera, creating an international sensation.
Českomoravská vrchovina (commonly called Vysočina)
is an extensive range of hills and low mountains over 150 kilometres (93 mi) long, which runs in a northeasterly direction across the Czech Republic and forms the border between Bohemia and Moravia.
It forms a region of rolling hills and low mountains with heights between about 500 and 800 metres, whose lowlands are relatively densely settled. Its gentle hills are dotted with small farmsteads and houses. The softly, rounded summits offer beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, valleys and castles to hikers and holidaymakers.
Over 20 years ago Czechoslovakia stopped existing and divided into two independent countries - the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic. The act was extremely fast, peaceful and often considered inspiration, proving that two nations can part without bloodshed.
But why was the country dissolved in the first place?
Burning Bush (Czech: Hořící keř) ►
is a 2013 three-part mini-series created for HBO by Polish director Agnieszka Holland. Based on real characters and events, this haunting drama focuses on the personal sacrifice of a Prague history student, Jan Palach, who set himself on fire in protest against the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1969. Dagamar Burešová, a young female lawyer, became part of his legacy by defending Jan’s family in a trial against the communist government, a regime which tried to dishonour Palach’s sacrifice, a heroic action for the freedom of Czechoslovakia. (x)