Musical film about Plzen

Here is all the film in RealVideo, middle quality, 13 min., [176x128], 9.8 MB
or important fragments in MPEG, high quality, [368x272] and RealVideo, middle quality, [176x140] too.

Film was produced by KF ORBIS Film Plzen, s.r.o. for City of Plzen in 1997.

Plzen, nowadays Metropolis of West Bohemia, was founded by Czech King Wenceslas II in 1295. At the beginning of the 15th century, Plzen was one of the original centers of Hussite movement, but after expelling the Hussite leader Jan Zizka and his allies in 1420, it became a firm bastion of the Czech Catholic Church until the 17th century. Rapid economic and cultural growth could be observed in the second half of the 15th century and the following 16th century. The city of Plzen strode into the 20th century as a developed industrial, economic and cultural city.
MPEG, high quality, [368x272], 6.9 MB
RealVideo, middle quality, [176x140], 506 kB

St. Bartholomew's Church
St. Bartholomew's Church is an outstanding building dating from the late 13th to early 16th century. It combines three developmental Gothic features on the principle of a three-part nave entrance hall. It is the dominant architectural feature of the city.
MPEG, high quality, [368x272], 11.6 MB
RealVideo, middle quality, [176x140], 817 kB

Historical center
It is limited by the greenery of the public gardens where there used to be bulwarks surrounding the town. We can walk through the network of streets which up-to-now preserved its original and extraordinary groundplan of the orthogonal chessboard of a Gothic town. Your attention will surely be attracted by the Gothic Cathedral of St. Bartholomew, building of the Town Hall created in the Renaissance style and the St. Mary's plague column.
MPEG, high quality, [368x272], 12.4 MB
RealVideo, middle quality, [176x140], 910 kB

West Bohemian Gallery
Its collections belong to the most valuable in the Czech Republic. They are divided as follows: old Czech art (13th- 18th century), works of autors of the 19thcentury represented by all significant artists, works of the turn of the 19th and 20th century stemming from European tendencies of Impressionism, Symbolism and Art Nouveau. A baeutiful chapter represents a collection of works of authors of Czech Cubism, works reflecting social performace and the Czech from of Surrealism and lastly, also the works which open and follow general art tendencies of the second half of the 20th century.
MPEG, high quality, [368x272], 7.4 MB
RealVideo, middle quality, [176x140], 542 kB

The Brewery Museum
The museum collections contain over 18,000 exhibits. Over 1000 additional items enrich the museum's funds every year. From a professional standpoint, the museum ranks among the top in the world; evidence of this position is represented by the fact that the museum was one of the finalists of the European Museums Contest.
MPEG, high quality, [368x272], 4.9 MB
RealVideo, middle quality, [176x140], 349 kB

The Historical Underground
Plzen's historical underground was begun during the 13th century and finished during the 19th century. The underground is constituted by two or three level cellars, that were used for preserving food, for manufactures, for malt-houses and wine-vaults. These cellars were also used for technical purposes as galleries bringing water to the water supply tower and as sewage and wells.
MPEG, high quality, [368x272], 5.5 MB
RealVideo, middle quality, [176x140], 396 kB

The University of West Bohemia
The cultural atmosphere of the city is completed by education. Plzen is the residential town of two universities - the University of West Bohemia and the Faculty of Medicine of Charles University.
MPEG, high quality, [368x272], 6.5 MB
RealVideo, middle quality, [176x140], 477 kB

The J. K. Tyl Theatre
The J. K. Tyl Theatre is one of the most significant cultural institutions not only in Plzen, but in the whole surrounding region. Every year the theatre stages 17 - 18 premieres of plays, operas, ballets, light operas and musicals.
MPEG, high quality, [368x272], 12.2 MB
RealVideo, middle quality, [176x140], 901 kB

Skoda Plzen
The Skoda is the largest heavy-engineering enterprise in Czech Republic. Its products, including electrical locomotives, trolley-buses, reactors for nuclear power stations, metallurgical and energetic machinery, heavy machine tools, etc. are exported to more than seventy countries.
MPEG, high quality, [368x272], 4.9 MB
RealVideo, middle quality, [176x140], 328 kB

Panasonic Plzen
This new industrial concern on Bory Fields location is intended on production of electronics, especially well know Panasonic TV.
MPEG, high quality, [368x272], 4.4 MB
RealVideo, middle quality, [176x140], 320 kB

Pilsner Urquell
The town's brewery was founded well before 1842. The Prazdroj and Gambrinus are the best selling marks for export from 2.5 million hectolitres' production.
MPEG, high quality, [368x272], 6.7 MB
RealVideo, middle quality, [176x140], 465 kB

Zoological and Botanical Garden
Garden is situated on 20 ha area from which about 12 ha is opened to the public. The visitors can meet more than 214 different species of animals here. A lot of them has become world saved at the present time. The collection of Botanical Garden of Plzen contains 1000 species, subspecies and cultivars of woodlands.
MPEG, high quality, [368x272], 4.1 MB
RealVideo, middle quality, [176x140], 295 kB

Plzen Surroundings
The West Bohemia metropolis is set in a picturesque countryside with river beds. Dark strips of woods and sunny valleys conceal attractive places for tourists. Other destinations, though far, are worth seeing: the chateau in Luzany, Kladruby cloister with a unique cathedral built in a Baroque Gothic style, Gothic water-castle Svihov, imposing baroque architecture of cloister in Plasy, and so we could continue with the list.
MPEG, high quality, [368x272], 5.2 MB
RealVideo, middle quality, [176x140], 375 kB

The Hammer
MPEG, high quality, [368x272], 4.8 MB
RealVideo, middle quality, [176x140], 336 kB

The Kozel Castle
Kozel is originally a hunter's lodge, it was constructed 1784-1789 by the builder V. Haberditz for J. V. Cernin as a ground-floor four-wing Classical building around a rectangular courtyard, the southwest section being a mansard superstructure. The rooms in the lodge are decorated with wall and ceiling paintings. A well kept English park is a pleasant place for a walk in any time of the year, but only during the tourist season can the chateau's interiors be visited.
MPEG, high quality, [368x272], 4.4 MB
RealVideo, middle quality, [176x140], 336 kB

The Kladruby Monastery
The Kladruby Monastery is the former Benedictine Monastery founded in the beginning of the 12th century by prince Vladislav I. Present form of the monastery dates back to the 18th century. The dominant building of the complex is the Church rebuilt in baroque-gothic style by J. B. Santini. The church contains original baroque furnishings.
MPEG, high quality, [368x272], 8.3 MB
RealVideo, middle quality, [176x140], 610 kB

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