Czech Culture in Photos - Photo Gallery of Czech Culture

  • 01 of 09

    Flag of the Czech Republic

    Flag of the Czech Republic
    Flag of the Czech Republic. iStockphoto/narvikk

    The flag of the Czech Republic is the same flag used by the former country of Czechoslovakia. The current Czech flag has been in existence since 1920. Slovakia now uses a different flag.

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  • 02 of 09

    Czech Republic's History with Slovakia

    Stamp from the Former Czechoslovakia
    Stamp from the Former Czechoslovakia. iStockphoto/Anders Aagesen
    The Czech Republic was once a part of Czechoslovakia. Formed in 1918, Czechoslovakia remained one country (under various official names) until 1992, when it split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. While Czechoslovakia no longer exists, and the Czech Republic and Slovakia are separate nations, they do share some cultural similarities.
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  • 03 of 09

    Prague - The Heart of the Czech Republic

    Prague is the Czech Capital City
    Prague is the Czech Capital City. iStockphoto/Hendrik De Bruyne

    Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic. Prague is known as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and maintains its position as the most popular destination in East Central Europe. Prague's history, nightlife, and architecture attract visitors from around the world throughout the year. Its extensive old town is infinitely explorable and becomes more popular with visitors by the year.

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  • 04 of 09

    Czech Garnets

    Raw and Polished Garnets
    Raw and Polished Garnets. iStockphoto/Melissa Carroll

    Garnets are ubiquitous in the Czech Republic. Prized as raw gems and as jewelry pieces, garnets can be purchased in both jewelry shops and in antique shops that sell jewelry. Usually set in close clusters, they give off a deep, lustrous beauty that has been coveted throughout Europe, including by royalty.

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  • 05 of 09

    Pilsner Beer - Pilsener Beer

    Pilsener Beer
    Pilsener Beer. iStockphoto/Jan Bily

    Enjoyed around the world, the Czech Republic is home to pilsner beer. Plzen maintains a brewery that offers beer tasting and tours. Of course, you can order authentic pilsner beer anywhere in the Czech Republic and accompany it with some hearty Czech food.

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  • 06 of 09

    Czech Folk Costume

    Czech Folk Dance
    Czech Folk Dance. iStockphoto/Jan Rihak

    Czech traditional costumes are often beautifully embroidered. Because so many regions of the Czech Republic have their own traditional folk costumes, it is difficult to generalize what represents typical Czech dress. However, bright blouses, embroidered vests, and specific color combinations usually mark the dress from this country. Here, you see traditional costumes at a Czech folk festival.

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  • 07 of 09

    Czech Traditional Food

    Czech Menu Featuring Traditional Food
    Czech Menu Featuring Traditional Food. iStockphoto/travelif

    Czech traditional food features meat, mushrooms, and vegetables. Enjoy potato soups, roast pork, and a variety of delicious desserts. Czech food may be considered "heavy" to Western palettes, but this also means that it is heavy on good flavors.

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  • 08 of 09

    Czech Puppets

    Czech Puppets
    Czech Puppets. iStockphoto/Czech Puppets
    The Czech Republic has had a long relationship with puppets. Czech puppet masters take their art seriously, and Czech puppets can command high prices. Antique Czech puppets are sought after by collectors, and Czech puppet theaters still draw crowds.
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  • 09 of 09

    Art Nouveau and the Czech Republic

    Stained Glass Wndows of St. Vitus Cathedral, Castle Hill, Prague
    Stained Glass Wndows of St. Vitus Cathedral, Castle Hill, Prague. Eylem Culculoglu © 2004

    The Art Nouveau movement of the early 20th century left its impact upon the Czech Republic. Prague exhibits many fine examples of Art Nouveau architecture that can be viewed today. Alfons Mucha, a Czech national, was responsible for influencing Art Nouveau on an international scale, but he also lended his talent to his homeland. St. Vitus Cathedral on Prague's Castle Hill features stained glass windows designed by Mucha in his particular style.