Wenceslas Square – The monument of St. Wenceslas

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The monument of St. Wenceslas is one of the view points of Wenceslas Square in Prague. It comes from the workshop of the noted Czech sculptor Josef Václav Myslbek who spent more than thirty years working on it. His joint authors were the architect Alois Dryák and sculptor Klouček. Let´s learn more about one of the symbols of the Czech nationhood and the patron of the Czech Land, St. Wenceslas.

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Historical hindsight Wenceslas Square - The monument of St. Wenceslas
The original equestrian statue of the Czech patron was transferred to Vyšehrad in Prague in 1879. From that time there were several attempts to create a new statue of St. Wenceslas. The public competition was announced in 1894 and the winner was Josef Václav Myslbek. He started his work in 1887 and he was occupied with precise performance of the details.

How is the statue conceived?
The author embodied the image of a fighter to the patron and later the statue was replenished with four statues of the standing saints. You can recognize his grandmother St. Ludmila, further St. Vojtěch (Adalbert), St. Prokop and St. Anežka (Agnes). Myslbek found inspiration for his masterpiece in the treasure of St. Wenceslas, namely the headpiece, sword and hauberk, which he managed to capture authenticly here.

The statue of the rider is mounted on a monumental cubodial pedestal surrounded by the remarkable Czech saints. All of them, besides Vojtěch (Adalbert), were set up in 1912, the last saint was added in 1924. The whole bronze group of statues (up to the tip of Wenceslas´spear) in front of the National Museum reaches 7.2 metres high. Originally, the statue was supposed to be standing on the platform of the National Museum but due to Myslbek the statue decorates Wenceslas Square.

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Wenceslas Square  and statue of St. Wenceslas What should we mention last?
The work was completed after its author´s death yet it was, still incomplete, revealed to the public in 1913. You can spot the date „28.10.1918″ inscribed into the paving in front of the monument. It was revealed on October 27th, 1935.

Curiosities that not everybody knows
Curious are the images that the author embodied to the saints. If you look into the face of  St.Vojtěch you will recognize the noted archbishop František Schönborn. However, if you look into the face of St. Prokop you will see Myslbek in person. There is another great curiosity – the author of the statue let the horse pass above him in the riding hall because he wanted to understand and see where the muscles of the animal stretch during its pace. And who is the famous horse St. Wenceslas is riding? The model was a seven-year-old  stallion Arda who belonged to the army.

Entire part of Prague Wenceslas Square  and statue of St. Wenceslas
Who of you would walk along the streets of Prague and miss a stop „at the horse“ or would not use it as a meeting point? Not only the citizens of the capital city but also many tourists daily meet, sit on the pedestal and enjoy the beauties of Wenceslas Square here just like it used to be in the past. It is the place which has become the scene of various demonstrations. Also national pious events take place here, people lay wreaths to the pedestal of the monument.

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In October in 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. This monument has become one of the Czech national symbols and entire part part of Wenceslas Square. The statue which issstanding on two horse legs only belongs to Magistrát hlavního města Prahy (Prague City Hall) but it is administated by Galerie hlavního města (City Gallery Prague). The sculptor David Černý has created a parodied imitation of the statue which you can view in the Prague Lucerna (Lantern Palace).

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