Tracking the Czechoslovak legionnaires in Prague
May12

Tracking the Czechoslovak legionnaires in Prague

Given the war record of the legions and postwar influence of many individual legionnaires (see part one of this article), it is no surprise that the new Czechoslovak state soon began to cherish their legacy. The legions were one of the most memorable historic events in the Czechoslovak Republic – at least to Czech inhabitants who often referred to it as part of their identity during the mid-war period. Many streets were renamed...

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Vítkov National Memorial: Hill of both sport and history
Apr29

Vítkov National Memorial: Hill of both sport and history

The hill of Vítkov with its huge stone National Memorial building and large bronze statue of Jan Žižka on a horse, easily catches one’s eye . Getting closer, you can readily see just how huge the statue really is. In fact, it is 9 meters high and weighs 16.5 tons. This makes it one of the largest, bronze equestrian statues in the world. It is logical that the colossal statue of Jan Žižka stands on Vítkov hill. In July 1420, a battle...

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