This huge edifice was built between 1929 and 1932 to commemorate the victory of General Jan Zizka and the Hussites in 1420 ... More
Zizkov Monument (Vitkov Monument)
This huge edifice was built between 1929 and 1932 to commemorate the victory of General Jan Zizka and the Hussites in 1420 over the papal forces. It stretches awkwardly along a long, narrow hill in Zizkov. The large statue of General Zizka fronting the building was erected in 1950. The monument became a symbol of the independent republic although it was used by the Nazis as an arsenal and later by the Communists as a mausoleum where the three Communist presidents are buried. It is also the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where wreath-laying ceremonies take place.
Prague is getting increasingly crowded. Thankfully, some attractions have not been fully discovered yet. The Vitkov monument is one of them. The area is currently undergoing some major reconstruction. The adjacent park with steep paths is a great place to relax or exercise.
A word of caution: while this area is no crime hot spot, it is fairly extensive and some areas may not be safe at night. Use common sense. There is a long pedestrian tunnel going underneath the hill which is best avoided.
I have had an opportunity to view the city from the top of the Zizkov hill in a cold winter day a few years back. One can feel chilly winds there and should pay attention to his/hers clothing when visiting this place of interest in more severe weather conditions, luckily not so common in Prague.
You really have to visit to get the complete impression of scale of the horse and rider statue. If for no other reason, visit this monument to get a great view of Prague. If you actually visit in order to see the monument be sure to walk around the entire building to get a look at the detailed facades on the side doors. Ask yourself what is meant to be conveyed and featured by the various statues.
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