Sunday, 2 July 2017

Two nations and one town

3 rd  July 2017

Today I visited Czech Republic,  It was one hour drive from my home. We live 65 km from Czech Republic, Now in European Union we do not have any borders for EU citizens. You must have only your ID. The day way grey and rainy at my place but in Cieszyn it turned out the weather is completely different from ours. So we left our car in Polish  Cieszyn and walked about 5 minutes and we crossed the border which is on the river Olza. We visited Cesky Tesin.  So it means the one city is divided and belongs to two nations. Today I have uploaded photos from Cesky Tesin . tomorrow post obout Polish town Cieszyn.






Český Těšín or Czech Teschen (Czech pronunciation: [ˈtʃɛskiː ˈcɛʃiːn]SilesianCzeski ĆeszyńPolishCzeski CieszynGermanTschechisch-Teschen) is a town in the Karviná DistrictMoravian-Silesian Region of the Czech Republic. The town is commonly known in the region as just Těšín (SilesianĆeszyńPolishCieszyn).[1] It lies on the west bank of the Olzariver, in the heart of the historical region of Cieszyn Silesia. Until the 1920 division of the region between Poland and Czechoslovakia it was just a western suburb of the town of Teschen, which after the division fell to Poland as Cieszyn. The combined population of the Czech and Polish parts of the city is around 60,000 (25,000 in Těšín, 35,000 in Cieszyn).




Market Square in Cesky Tesin



 CieszynGerman Teschen, Czech Těšín, city, Śląskie województwo (province), southern Poland. It is located on the Olza River in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. Situated on the Polish-Czech border, the city is essentially divided by the Olza; the newer Czech side is known as Český Těšín.

Today the Poles comprise a minority in Český Těšín, as 16.1% of the town's population, although the number of people with Polish heritage is considerably higher. The town is an important cultural and educational center of the Polish minority in Zaolzie. The number of Poles is however decreasing as a result of continuing assimilation. Although a border town, there is no longer any real ethnic tension between Czechs and Poles. Alongside several Czech primary schools and one gymnasium the town has both a Polish primary school and a gymnasium. Těšín Theatre has Czech and Polish ensembles, where plays are presented in both the Czech and Polish languages. Together with ensembles in Vilnius and Lvov it is one of the few theatres outside Poland which has a professional Polish ensemble.The town is a centre of commerce, including the paper industry.


Town Hall in Cesky Tesin




7 comments:

  1. That is how i wish the whole world could be, living side by side in peace.

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  2. I look forward to seeing the difference between the two cities.

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  3. Love those blue skies. And the gardens. Thank you.

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  4. My husband's relatives come from Czech Republic and mine come from Poland, Katowice. My oldest daughter wishes to visit Poland some day and see where her ancestors came from!

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  5. I think it's so awesome to live in Europe where you can travel more easily from one country to another.

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  6. It looks nice. It's good to hear there is not tension between the two peoples.

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  7. Beautiful place. It is good where both nations are good neighbours. Have a great day!

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