The Motherland

My sister suggested that we travel to Prague in 2018. My mother and her sister joined us. Our trip happened to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of our Czech family establishing a homestead in the U.S.

Lennon Wall & Wenceslas Square

On the way down from the castle we stopped at the John Lennon Wall. The wall has a fascinating story starting with the death of John Lennon and represents peace and free speech. It is hidden along a side street that is hard to find (between the castle and Charles Bridge).

    Wenceslas Square

    Wenceslas Square is a place with much significance to Czech history. It has been key in many significant historical events of the Czech nation. It's also a hub for all types of commerce and a destination for stag parties.

    • Wenceslas Square was originally a horse market, starting in 1348.
    • During the Czech national revival movement in the 19th century, the statue was built, and the square was officially named Wenceslas Square.
    • On 28 October 1918, Alois Jirásek proclaimed independence of Czechoslovakia in front of the Saint Wenceslas statue.
    • In the 1930s the Nazis used the square for demonstrations. Later, the resistance also used the square to oppose them. 
    • During the Prague Uprising in 1945, a few buildings near the National Museum were destroyed.
    • On 16 January 1969, student Jan Palach set himself on fire in Wenceslas Square to protest the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union in 1968.
    • In 1989, during the Velvet Revolution, demonstrations of hundreds of thousands of people were also held here.