Photos at the Wallenstein Garden show Czech history

An exhibition of outdoor panels captures a full century of news and everyday life

Key moments of the century since the establishment of Czechoslovakia can be seen in photographs from the Czech News Agency (ČTK) at the Wallenstein Garden, which has re-opened after a winter break. Admission to the garden and exhibition is free of charge.

The exhibition will be in the garden until May 18, and after that, it will travel to six Czech cities and return to Prague in October for the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia. The Czech News Agency is also 100 years old, having been founded Oct. 28, 1918, as the state-run Czechoslovak News Agency. It changed its name in 1993 when the country split.

The exhibition has 163 photos on some 30 panels, starting with pictures of first Czechoslovak president Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk on his return from exile in 1918, and ending with the recent double Gold Medal success of Ester Ledecká at this year's Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The panels, which pair two years together, are in chronological order and show athletes, artists, politicians and everyday life.

Photos from 1919 and 1920 show the first Czechoslovak Queen of Beauty and the return of Legionnaires from Russia. Pictures also show that in 1927 future German propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels traveled around the Czechoslovak border region.

The panel with the years 1977 and 1978 puts together Václav Havel, one of the authors of the Charter 77 human rights declaration, with the only Czechoslovak cosmonaut, Vladimír Remek. He flew aboard Soyuz 28 in March 1978 and docked with Salyut 6 space station to conduct experiments.

The Wallenstein Garden (Valdštejnská zahrada) is also worth checking out. It has a 17th-century artificial stalactite wall, a covered platform with frescoes for concerts, a large artificial pool and allegorical statues. Peacocks roam the grounds. The adjacent Wallenstein Palace is the Czech Senate building.

The Czech Republic is having several events to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia, including displays of historical documents and items at Prague Castle. An exhibition of the Crown Jewels took place in January, and lines to get in were several hours long.

Currently, an exhibition called the Labyrinth of the History of Czech Lands (Labyrintem dějin českých zemí) runs until July 1 at the Císařská konírna (Imperial Stables) of Prague Castle.

The Astronomical Clock at Old Town Square is also being renovated in time for the anniversary and should be back in place by the end of October. The National Museum at Wenceslas Square is also scheduled to open by the end of October.

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