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Terracotta Army Arrives in Brno, Czech Republic

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The "Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses" - or "Terracotta Army" for short - is a collection of clay-based, unglazed ceramic soldiers depicting the armies of China's first emperor. There are several replicas of the Terracotta Army in existence, but the one that arrived for an exhibition in Brno, Czech Republic is thought to be the closest to the original. So let's take a closer look.

Brno is the first city in central Europe to display a replica of the armies of Qin Shi Huang, China's first emperor.

Around 200 hundred pieces occupy an area of approximately 65 hundred square feet.

Exhibition coordinator Hana Navratilova says this version of the emperor's army is the closest to the original in Shaanxi Province, Central China.

[Hana Navratilova, Exhibition Coordinator]:
"We were searching for the exhibition which would be absolutely perfect in terms of design work. We found it. So for the first time in Brno, visitors can see sculptures that were made exactly (like the originals) in China - even in the same province. The traditional techniques were maintained so the impression of authenticity is great."

The Terracotta Army was discovered in 1974 by local farmers, but its real age is approximately two thousand years.

Emperor Qin Shi Huang ordered his tomb to be built with 8,000 warriors to guard him and help him rule another empire in the afterlife.

Bringing these showpieces to the Czech Republic wasn't easy.

[Hana Navratilova, Exhibition Coordinator]:
"Due to the fact that each of the statues weighs around 200 kilos (440 pounds), transporting them was among the rather difficult parts of preparation. My estimation is that six or seven trucks were used to transport them."

The exhibition hopes to give visitors a chance to learn about Chinese history and at least convey a feeling of the real Terracotta Army in China.

NTD News, Brno, The Czech Republic.

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