A Walking Tour of Prague: 15 Historical Landmarks

A Walking Tour of Prague: 15 Historical Landmarks

Prague was one of the few cities in Europe to be spared from bombing during WWII, making it one of the most precious and well-preserved historical spots in the world. In fact, many films set in 19th and 18th century London are filmed in this enchanting city that is one of the last remaining remnants of the Old World. With buildings dating back to the Middle Ages, Prague is now a well curated mix of Baroque, Renaissance, Gothic revival, and Art-Nouveau architecture that is connected by an intricate web of cobblestone pathways and historic bridges.

15. Wenceslas Square

Just around the corner from Old Town Square and the Statue of Jan Hus is Wenceslas Square, a bustling area in one of the main squares of Prague. Located in New Town, there is nothing new about this thoroughfare, which was commissioned by Charles IV in 1348. Originally serving as a horse market, the centrally located square is a good spot to end a walking tour since it’s easy to get to historic hotspots like the Charles Bridge and the Prague State Opera. Wenceslas Square has also been the meeting place for political rallies and protests over the decades, a grand area in a city full of symbolism and tumultuous history. The statue in front of the National Museum serves as a reminder of the good King Wenceslas on his horse. Considered the patron saint of the Czech Republic, the King was murdered by his brother over 1,000 years ago.

Wenceslas Square

14. Statue of Jan Hus

Further along the Old Town Square is the Statue of Jan Hus, a large memorial depicting the Protestant reformer who spoke out against the extravagance and corruption of the Catholic Church, particularly the Vatican. In the Middle Ages, there was little mercy for heresy and Jan Hus was no exception. Even though he received a letter of safe conduct from the Emperor, he was imprisoned for a year before being burned at the state in this very spot in 1415. His martyrdom sparked a revolt of Hussites who led a path of destruction across cities and villages. In response, Pope Martin V declared war on the heretics, which was the beginning of a long battle between the Catholic Crusaders and the Protestant Hussites. The colossal statue was the labor of love for Czech sculptor Ladislav Saloun, an autodidact artist who was heavily influenced by the works of Auguste Rodin.

Statue of Jan Hus
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