How was the International Trebbia Award created?

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In 1143, the Premonstratensian Canon founded the Strahov Monastery on the Prague hill Hradčany. In the years 1602–1612, the Premonstratensians and Emperor Rudolf II had a church built in gratitude for Prague having avoided the plague. This church was named after the French Saint Roch, who, at the turn of the 13th and 14th centuries, helped wherever the plague appeared. When Saint Roch himself fell ill, he left France and went across the Alps to northern Italy, where he lived for many years in a shack on the banks of the Italian river Trebbia. According to the legend, an angel visited him and healed him from his illness.

In 1993, the MIRO Gallery, founded in Berlin in 1987, moved to the Church of St. Roch on Hradčany in Prague. In 2000, the MIRO Company initiated the formation of an international award named after the Italian river Trebbia. This award was created as an expression of gratitude to entrepreneurs, patrons, and artists across all artistic genres. The Trebbia Gala Evening has been one of the most prestigious international events in the Czech and Slovak Republics over the past 20 years. The Trebbia International Awards are presented annually to laureates from many countries around the world in a live broadcast by Czech and Slovak Television, and on the Trebbia Foundation YouTube channel from 20:00 CET, with a simultaneous English translation. A replay of the Trebbia Gala Evening was broadcasted a week later on TV Noe in the Czech and Slovak Republics.

Between 2001-2022, the International Trebbia Awards was awarded to 118 laureates from 31 countries around the world (Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, the People‘s Republic of China, France, India, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Japan, Cambodia, Kenya, Kuwait, Laos, Hungary, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Poland, Austria, Russian Federation, Slovakia, United Kingdom, Federal Republic of Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, and Venezuela).

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