Sunday, February 1, 2009

Praha in Pictures - Pt. 2

The Old Town Square, with Tyn Church in the background. This is a very important church because it was the base for Jan Hus. Hus challenged the Catholic church a century before Martin Luther, and was burned at the stake because of it. The statue in the middle is a tribute to him and the Hussites...

Jan Hus looks at his church.

The crosses in the sidewalk mark where 27 Protestants were beheaded after a rebellion against the ruling Catholic Austrians. I believe this took place during the Thirty Years' War and brought about the end of Czech independence for the next three centuries.

The Astronomical Clock, just around the corner from the 27 crosses. It is 500 years old and I have absolutely no idea how it works. It goes off every hour, and Death (the skeleton) rings his bell while other figurines move around.

This is a giant metronome overlooking Prague that has replaced where a gigantic statue of Stalin used to stand. The European Union portion has been added to celebrate the takeover of the EU presidency by the Czech Republic for the next 6 months.

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