Wenceslas Square – from the past into the presence

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,,Where shall we meet? How about Wenceslas Square at the horse?“ This is a frequent sentence you can hear from the locals. Wenceslas Square is ranked among the most popular cultural and also shopping centers of Praguers. It is a place which many of us search because of the rest in the shadow of the historical buildings, luxurious restaurants and boutiques. So see you at the horse and come on.

 

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The six hundred eighty-two meters long and sixty meters wide avenue is one of the most popular tourist attractions. Its upper side is bordered by Národní muzeum (National Museum) and the lower by Můstek. Let´s discover the scene of many demonstrations, celebrations and other historical events. On both sides of the square you will find not only numerous brand stores but also many restaurants, hotels, travel agencies, banks and other institutions. Whatever you think of you have the opportunity to buy right here – souvenirs, luxurious trendy accessoires or jewels.

Wenceslas Square History of the square with the patron of the Bohemian land
You may know it under its original name Koňský trh (Horse Market). It was changed to Svatováclavské náměstí (st.Wenceslas Square) in 1848. There used to stand a mounted statue of St. Wenceslas which was moved to Štulcovy sady in Vyšehrad in 1879. Later in 1913 Myslbek´s  mounted statue of St. Wenceslav was placed in here. It is to be found in front of the National Museum. St. Wenceslas is accompanied here by other Czech patrons such as svatá Ludmila (St. Ludmila), svatá Anežka (St. Agnes), svatý Prokop (St. Prokop) a svatý Vojtěch (St. Adalbert). The group of statues has become the Czech national symbol. Please note the following inscription on the statue base: „Svatý Václave, vévodo české země, kníže náš, nedej zahynouti nám ni budoucím.“ („Saint Wenceslas, duke of the Czech land, prince of ours, do not let perish us nor our descendants“)

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Uneasy history Karel Bellmann Vaclavske Namesti 1890 (Wenceslas Square)
When the New Town was founded by Charles IV in 1348 many open spaces appeared that were determined for markets. And Koňský trh (Horse Market) was one of them. The end of the square was to be found at the New Town fortifications at that time. There used to stand Koňská brána (Horse Gate) which was pulled down together with the Prague fortifications in 1875. The gate was replaced by the National Museum between 1885 – 1890. In October of 1918, Alois Jirásek read the proclamation of independence of Czechoslovakia in front of the Saint Wenceslas statue, therefore the date 28.10.1918 is inscribed in front of the group of statues.

Vincenc Morstadt -  Konsky trh (horse market)1830, former name of the Wenceslas Square During the reconstruction in 1927 new parking places for personal automobiles were created and also the central zone in the middle of the square. In the period of the first Czechoslovak republic Wenceslaw Square also became the first place in the scope of the republic where the signal lights were introduced. During WW2 occupation nazists were using the square for the mass demonstations. During the invasion of the Warsaw Pact troops into the land in 1968 Soviet tanks were shooting at the National Museum from the square because they believed it was the residence of the Czechoslovak broadcasting.

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In 1980´s Wenceslas Square became the scene of numerous anti-communism revolts. The protests gradated in November 1989 when there were demonstrations of more than a hundred thousands people here.

At present there are hotels, offices, shops, exchange offices, souvenir shops and fastfoods and many interesting monuments to be found here.

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