Wenceslas Monument


1998

This monument to St. Wenceslas, the patron saint of Bohemia, was dedicated in 1912. The photo was taken from the steps of the National Museum, looking down Wenceslas Square. Wenceslas Square is actually a wide, sloping boulevard that has been a center of political activity since 1848 (when it was given its name).

At the start of the 1968 Soviet invasion, students began a vigil at the St. Wenceslas monument and, despite a curfew, remained there day and night for two weeks. They didn't disperse even when tank fire was directed at them or at the National Museum just behind them.