Hussite Wars: Part Two
Feb03

Hussite Wars: Part Two

In the first part (published at www.prague.tips on January 06, 2015), we have left the Hussites in year 1420 when they have survived and then broken the first crusade against them. Jan Žižka During 1419 and 1420, the military genius of Jan Žižka came into the spotlight. It was him who led several dozens of defenders of a small fort on Vítkov hill against hundreds of crusaders. Jan Žižka, military leader of the Tábor Hussites,...

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Hussite Wars: Part One
Jan06

Hussite Wars: Part One

Today, I will tell you a little about one of the defining moments of the Czech history which we have already touched in some of the previous articles. Hussite Wars. The series of conflicts lasted 15 years – which was not too long by medieval standards if you remember that at the same time, the Hundred Years’ War was in progress in France. After those 15 years, the Czech society was never the same as before. The causes of Hussite Wars...

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Old Town City Hall
Dec03

Old Town City Hall

The Old Town City Hall which is known especially for the Astronomical Clock which is frequently featured on the covers of Prague tourist guides, dominates the Old Town Square. However, the Astronomical clock is not the only attraction of this old building. Place of major events The Old Town City Hall was also a place of several major historical moments. In 1458, the Czech estates elected George of Poděbrady Czech King in a situation...

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Prague: Impetus Behind International Student’s Day
Nov17

Prague: Impetus Behind International Student’s Day

Prague origins The 17th of November was declared International Student’s Day in 1941 and is still commemorated – mostly at universities – all over the world. Unfortunately, almost no one knows that the events that led to it happened right here in Prague. It is the only international day that has Czech roots. Demonstrations of 28th October 1939 What happened in 1939? Most importantly, the Czech region of Czechoslovakia was occupied by...

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Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk: The Father of Czechoslovak Independence
Oct28

Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk: The Father of Czechoslovak Independence

At a corner of the Hradčany Square in front of the Prague Castle stands a bronze statue of an elderly man with the letters TGM on the pedestal. The man is Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, a philosopher and also a politician whose finest hour came when he was well into his 60’s. During World War I he advocated the independence of Czechoslovakia. He then served 17 years as the first President of the new state. His death in 1937 was seen by...

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