Friday, July 17, 2015

Old Town Square, Prague

The Old Town Square is one of two main squares in Prague. With its ancient buildings and magnificent churches, this is one of the most beautiful historical sites in Europe. The Old Town Square is undoubtedly the true heart of the Czech capital, dating back from the 12th century and started life as the central marketplace for Prague. Over the centuries buildings of Romanesque, Baroque and Gothic styles were erected around the market, each bringing with them stories of wealthy merchants and political intrigue.

At the centre of the Old Town Square is the Jan Hus statue, erected on the 6th July 1915 to mark the 500th anniversary of the reformer’s death. The rise of people supporting his beliefs during the 14th and 15th centuries led to the Hussite wars.  It shows two groups of people, a young mother symbolising national rebirth and the figure of Hus emphasising the moral authority of the man who gave up his life rather than his beliefs. 

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