Wenceslas Square (Prague): a wide avenue in Nove Mesto


With an avenue-like appearance, Wenceslas Square is located in the heart of Prague, precisely in the Nove Mesto district where Art Nouveau finds its highest expression both artistically and architecturally.

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The large dimensions in the shape of a narrow and long rectangle, equal to 750 meters in length by 60 in width, give Wenceslas Square the appearance similar to a Parisian Boulevard rather than that of a square.

Famous hotel facilities, such as Europe, a jewel of liberty architecture located at number 25, restaurants and cafes, galleries, shops, cinemas and entertainment venues, make this place an animated and pulsating crossroads of the Golden Cross, or complex of arteries that forms with Na Prikope, Na Mustku and 28 Rijna.

It is the commercial heart of the Czech capital, modified with the creation of large green areas over the past few decades after the construction of the metro.

In front of the national museum is the monument to Saint Wenceslas, patron saint of Bohemia depicted on horseback and surrounded by the statues of Saint Ludmilla, Saint Procopius and Saint Adalbert of Prague.

During the first months of 1969, Wenceslas Square was the scene of dramatic events, following the military occupation of the Warsaw Pact troops in August 1968.

On October 28, 1988 the communist police forcefully dispersed a popular demonstration that commemorates the proclamation of the first republic, but we are now at the end of the abuses, thanks to the velvet revolution that in a few months will make Czechoslovakia return to be a free country.

Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí) in Prague, Czech Republic (March 2024)

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