The Thinking of Speaking
Issue #18 November / December 2015
Where Are You?
by Sonja Krüger
November / December 2015 | 

This mystery location is both the largest city and capital of a European country which, until 1993, was combined with another country, forming a distinct nation. It has a population of over 1 million and the lowest unemployment rate in the European Union.

The city has an almost mythical founding. During the 8th century, a duchess and prophetess, along with her husband, arrived on a rocky cliff. There, she foresaw "a great city whose glory will touch the stars". She ordered a castle and town to be built on that spot, and gave it the name by which it is known today. Its name is derived from an old Slavic word meaning "ford", in reference to its position.

Over the next thousand years, that small town grew into a thriving city. It was an important place for trade where merchants from all of Europe settled, and it included a slave market.

The city particularly flourished during the 14th century reign Charles IV, the Holy Roman Emperor, and it was transformed into an imperial capital, making it the third largest city in Europe at the time. He also founded a university, which is today the oldest university in Europe, and began construction on a cathedral.

The city and country was invaded by members of the Warsaw Pact in 1968, but in 1993, both gained complete independence, becoming the capital and republic they are today.

Can you name this city and country?

Last month's answer: Santiago, Chile

Where Are You?
Writer: Sonja Krüger
Petey: Mystery image

All images are Copyright - CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Share Alike) by their respective owners, except for Petey, which is Public Domain (PD) or unless otherwise noted.


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