Wenceslas Square, Prague

Wenceslas Square, Prague

A prominent symbol of Czech identity, Wenceslas Square stretches like a lengthy rectangle, traversing from the northwest edge of the New Town to the neo-Renaissance-style National Museum at its southeastern tip.

Originating in the 14th century alongside the establishment of the New Town by Charles IV, the square initially served as a horse market. In the 19th century national revival, it received its current name along with a very fine statue of Saint Wenceslas (“The Good King”) atop his steed, encircled by figures of Saint Agnes of Bohemia, Saint Prokop, Saint Adalbert of Prague, and Saint Ludmila.

Due to its historical significance and central location, Wenceslas Square has been a gathering point for various events throughout history, from Nazi demonstrations to national celebrations and pivotal moments like the Velvet Revolution of 1989.

Today, the square is as busy a spot is ever, attracting locals and tourists alike to visit landmarks such as the National Museum and Prague State Opera, as well as a plethora of offices, hotels, shops, clubs, and eateries flanking its sides.

Tip:
For the quintessential photo of Wenceslas Square, position yourself with Saint Wenceslas' statue behind you. Keep an eye out for the Marks & Spencer shop sign, too, as it marks the balcony where Václav Havel addressed the crowds during the Velvet Revolution in 1989.

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Sight Name: Wenceslas Square
Sight Location: Prague, Czech Republic (See walking tours in Prague)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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