Monday, 14 September 2009
Czech Republic - Prague
The Golden Tiger - one of the few pubs in Central Prague that has retained its soul
Prague Castle from the Vltava River.....
We're the boys and we're here in Prague!
Staromestske namesti - Old Town Square and the Gothic Towers of Church Of Our Lady Before Tyn
Crossing The Square
House of The Black Madonna (The Museum of Czech Cubism). A fine example of early 20th century Cubist Architecture
Almost unique to Prague, Cubist design makes use of eye catching geometric designs
Jan Palach Memorial on Wenceslas Square - a Czechoslovak student who set himself on fire and died a martyr in January 1969 protesting at the Soviet invasion which crushed The Prague Spring
Filling a gap site from World War 2 - The Dancing Building (1996) - this idiosyncratic building complements its Art Nouveau neighbours
In the dark days of World War 2, Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich a leading Nazi ruled Prague with an iron fist. Czech paratroopers assassinated Heydrich (June 1942) provoking Hitler's fury. Seven paratroopers involved holed up in the crypt of Church of SS Cyril & Methodius, ultimately they were betrayed. The Germans besieged the church trying to smoke and flood them out. Rather than surrender the four surviving paratroopers used their last bullets to take their own life
In revenge for Heydrich's assassination unprecedented Nazi executions and terror rained down on Czech civilians - a village unconnected to events unknowingly was about to pay the ultimate price..........