The monumental statue in the center of Old Town Square is one of the most popular meeting places in the city. On sunny days, the benches surrounding the monument’s steps are filled with Italians in expensive sunglasses, American biftads in fraternity shirts, and travelers from all over the globe, eating, drinking, smoking and sending text messages home. Few realize that the bronze man above them, standing defiantly against hurricane-force winds, was deemed a heretic by the Catholic Church, tethered to a stake and roasted alive in 1415 — an event that touched off decades of warfare between reform-minded nationalist Hussites and the country’s German-oriented Roman Catholic leaders. To Czechs, Hus has come to represent national pride and triumph against foreign
As contemporary as its name, Futura is a nonprofit commercial space that has quickly made a name for itself by presenting provocative shows by both new and established artists from home and abroad. There are several appealing exhibition halls, and an ambitious booking policy that means there’s usually something interesting going on. In the courtyard you’ll find an eyebrow-raising installation by pop artist David Černy which requires you to ascend a rickety ladder and stick your head into a giant sculptural rectum to view a video. View on Google Maps No related posts.
This enigmatic bronze memorial by sculptor Jaroslav Rona is one of the city’s most unusual attractions. Prague’s most famous literary son, depicted in a three-piece suit and his trademark Homburg hat, sits astride the shoulders of an enormous empty suit; an image that appears in an early short story by Kafka, Description of a Struggle: “And now — with a flourish, as though it were not the first time — I leapt onto the shoulders of my acquaintance, and by digging my fists into his back I urged him into a trot. But since he stumped forward rather reluctantly and sometimes even stopped, I kicked him in the belly several times with my boots, to make him more lively. It