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Czech Republic marks 100th anniversary of its founding
November 4, 2018, 2:46 pm

A grand reception was organized at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on 28 October by the Ambassador of the Czech Republic H.E. Martin Dvořák, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his country’s independence. A joint exhibition titled ‘Czech and Slovak Century’ featuring photographs and posters detailing the founding of Czechoslovakia was held jointly by the embassies of the Czech Republic and Slovak Republic.

Exactly 100 years ago, on 28 October, 1918, the new sovereign state of Czechoslovakia declared its independence from the AustroHungarian Empire. Following the end of WW1, the political union of Czechs and Slovaks was made feasible because the two ethnic groups were closely related in language, religion, and general culture. An independent Czechoslovak state was declared by Tomáš Masaryk, Edvard Beneš, and other leaders on 28 October, 1918, and was quickly recognized.

The dissolution of Czechoslovakia occurred on 1 January 1993 that saw the self-determined split of the federal state of Czechoslovakia into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Czech Republic is celebrated as the Land of Stories, with gorgeous sights such as royal castles and lovely chateaux, charming gardens, ancient treasures, legends and historical towns. Most amazing are the country’s UNESCO cultural heritage sites, particularly the historical gardens and chateau in Kroměříž and the Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk steeped in symbolism in Žďár nad Sázavou. The country also has a vibrant and exciting entertainment sector with museums, theatre performances and festivals among others. 

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