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tall bronze statue of jan hus on prague old town square with blue sky background

Jan Hus

Jan Hus This will be the first of five posts which will eventually give you a rounded view of Jan Hus, how to interpret his monument, where he preached and why plus a clever piece of art. But first you should understand who he was and hence WHY he is one of the most famous … Read More

gothic twin tower church of our lady before tyn with jan hus monument in the foreground

Church of Our Lady Before Tyn

Church of Our Lady Before Tyn If you read about the Tyn Courtyard then it won’t surprise you too much to learn that the original church was built in front of that place, hence the name “Before Tyn”. As with many historic places it’s undergone many changes over the last 900 years. Yes that’s right … Read More

gothic church of st martin in the wall in prague

ST Martin in the Wall

Church of ST Martin in the Wall What a curious little place and what a wonderful back story. Like many churches of the time it had a very simple Romanesque design which would be reconstructed in Gothic style two or three Centuries later. Such is the case here. That original block-built Romanesque church was constructed … Read More

marble decorated building in baroque style with roman pillars and sculptures at the prague loreta

Prague Loreta

Prague Loreta Facts or Faith or maybe both. I’m not particularly religious so faith is not an issue although I am prepared to take a step back and look at facts. If you are Christian then the Prague Loreta is a place you will want to visit. The Religious Background Every Christian child is taught … Read More

plaque in cobble stones showing the name josef gabcik, his rank, military operation and date of birth and death

Operation Anthropoid Hidden Plaques

Operation Anthropoid – The Hidden Plaques 2018 For most people the story of Operation Anthropoid stops when the 7 soldiers are killed. Tourists will visit the Church of St Cyril and ST Methodius in Resslova street to see the church, to visit the crypt and to look at the window to the crypt from outside. … Read More

Sedlec Ossuary – Bone Church

Sedlec Ossuary On this post I’ll give you a bit of the interesting history of the Sedlec Ossuary, answer a few questions that you’ll undoubtedly have and give you some local tips and tricks to save you some time. Sedlec Ossuary – Why Was It Built? In the 13th Century there was an Abbey here. … Read More

prague havelska street market sign

Prague Havelska Street Market

Havelska Street Market This is an old market but it has changed a lot over the years. I’ve included a Google Map below but you’ll just stumble across the Havelska Street Market as you walk between the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. Havel Town It may seem ridiculous today but in the 13th Century … Read More

Prague Franciscan Garden

Prague Franciscan Garden The Franciscan Garden and the Church of Our Lady of Snows can be visited together if you like. Although most people from the area will go mostly to the garden for a takeaway lunch or ice-cream during a work break. What’s the History? You have to go back to 1347, the year … Read More

ST Cyril and ST Methodius Church in Prague

St Cyril and St Methodius – Resslova From the metro station at IP Pavlova right down to the riverside I’m always bumping into people with a map in their hands, randomly turning it, looking for street signs etc and invariably when I ask if they need and help they’ll say that they are looking for … Read More

St Cyril and St Methodius crypt in prague

Prague Operation Anthropoid Crypt

Operation Anthropoid – Victory, Defeat and Remembrance In the past I’ve written about the Church of St Cyril and St Methodius and the single event in World War Two history that was called Operation Anthropoid. There’s a lot involved in the story including bravery, betrayal, sacrifice, justice and inspiration. Largely it’s the story of seven … Read More