GALLERY: This week's headlines for Czechia in 10 photos

This week (Aug.8–12, 2022) saw Czech archeologists make a rare discovery, the annual Prague circus festival kick off, and remembrance of the 2002 flood.

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 12.08.2022 19:01:00 (updated on 14.08.2022) Reading time: 2 minutes

Prague City Hall raises the rainbow flag to kick off Prague Pride on Monday, Aug. 8. The festival returns this year with a full schedule, including the Rainbow Parade, and runs through Aug. 14.

Prague City Hall raises rainbow flag to kick off Prague Pride. Photo: Praha.eu
Photo via the City of Prague.

President of the Senate, Miloš Vystrčil, awarded the Silver Medal of the President of the Senate to the outgoing Ambassador of Ukraine to the Czech Republic, Jevhen Perebyjnis on Wednesday, Aug. 10.

President of the Senate, Miloš Vystrčil, awarded the Silver Medal of the President of the Senate to the outgoing Ambassador of Ukraine to the Czech Republic, Jevhen Perebyjnis on Wednesday, Aug. 10. Photo via Twitter @Vystrcil_Milos
Photo via Twitter @Vystrcil_Milos.

Letní Letná, a festival of new circus, theatre, music and visual arts, began this week in Prague. The 19th edition of the festival Letní Letná runs from Aug. 11 to 31 at circus tents in Letná park.

Photo via Facebook (Letní Letná)
Photo via Facebook / Letní Letná.

Firefighters handed over the remaining extinguished sections of the Bohemian Switzerland National Park on Friday afternoon, Aug. 12. More than 6,000 firefighters took turns at the fire station during rotations. More than 400 pieces of equipment were deployed.

Firefighters in Czech Switzerland are approaching the final stage of extinguishing the fire. Photo via Twitter @HzsU
Photo via Twitter @HzsUlk.

Restoration of the #9801 memorial bell, stolen from the Nazis during WWII and transferred to Germany, was completed by Austrian bellfounders this week. The bell will likely be transferred to Prague in late August where it will be placed on Rohanský Island in 2024. Until then, the bell, the second largest in the Czech lands, will be temporarily placed on a Vltava River pontoon.

Photo via 9801.cz
Photo via 9801.cz.

A new mural “Broken Apollon’s Rainbow Shines above Mud” by Czech visual artist Jan Kaláb appears on a facade in Poděbrady in association with the Město=galerie festival which begins Aug. 14 in Nymburk.

A new mural “Broken Apollon’s rainbow shines above mud” by artist Jan Kaláb has lit up a facade in Poděbrady. Photo via Facebook (Jan Kaláb)
Photo via Jan Kaláb / Facebook.

This week marked 20 years since the 500-year flood devastated the center of Prague in August 2002. Over 50,000 residents from waterfront districts as well as animals from Prague Zoo had to be evacuated, art had removed from museums.

Prague's waterfront by Old Town in 2002. Photo: Wikimedia commons, CC By CC BY-SA 3.0.
Prague's waterfront by Old Town in 2002. Photo: Wikimedia commons, CC By CC BY-SA 3.0.

More visualizations of the future look of the rail connection linking Prague’s Václav Havel Airport to the city center were revealed this week. The rail link should be completed by 2029 and reduce travel time between the airport and the city center to 25 minutes.

Visualization of the Dlouhá Míle terminal. Source: SŽ, Pavlíček Hulín architekti.
Visualization of the Dlouhá Míle terminal via SŽ, Pavlíček Hulín architekti.

Plzeň archeologists uncovered the burial mound of a prominent figure from the Late Stone Age buried with archery equipment . A hollow space discovered inside the mound was used for ritual activities as in megalithic tombs in northwestern Europe. This is the first time that such a construction has been documented in Bohemia.

Plzeň archeologists made an important archeological discovery.  They uncovered the burial of a prominent individual with archery equipment from the Late Stone Age and a construction that demonstrates a hollow space inside the mound, which was used for ritual activities as in megalithic tombs in northwestern Europe. This is the first time that a similar construction has been documented in Bohemia. Photo via Facebook @zapadoceskauniverzitaplzen
Photo via Facebook / zapadoceskauniverzitaplzen.

A flashy annual carnival bringing a taste of Rio to Brno, took place in the Moravian capital last weekend. Brazil Fest, the largest Latin event in the Czech Republic, took place for the third time.

An international festival with a South American atmosphere Brazil Fest was held in Brno this week. Phot:
Photo via www.brazilfest.cz.
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