The Czech Republic, also known as Czechia, is very beautiful. Like many central European countries, it has changed names and boundaries over the years. The area I was in was once known as Bohemia.

While in Ĉeský Krumlov, I stayed in a guard tower dating back to 1505. The rooms were up to date while keeping its old town feel. Parking was right across the street and the tower was a perfect place to stay while exploring the old town.

Saint John of Nepomuk is a protector from floods and drowning. This beautiful statue is on Lazebnicky Bridge, also known as Barber's Bridge, in Ĉeský Krumlov. The bridge crosses the Vltava River which is the river where the saint was drowned in Prague at the command of Wenceslaus IV of Bohemia.

On the other side of the bridge from Saint John of Nepomuk is a crucifixion with a view of the Vltava River and the Ĉeský Krumlov Castle. The castle dates back to 1240. It is a complex of buildings around 5 courtyards and includes a vast garden.

St. Nicholas in Prague is a beautiful Baroque church in Lesser Town Square. It stands on the site of a medieval parish church. Construction of the church lasted around 100 years. The ceiling paintings are absolutely stunning.

The Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world. It has been rebuilt over the years since the 9th century, the last major rebuild was in the 19th century. The sculptures on the fencing of the first courtyard are the Wrestling Giants. They were created at the beginning of the 20th century by Ĉenêk Vosmík and Antonin Procházka.

The Storch house sits on Old Town Square in Prague. It was built in 1897 and is also known as At the Stone Virgin Mary. The mural of Saint Wenceslas on a horse was designed by Mikolas Ales and painted by Ladislav Novak.


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