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Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral, Prague
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Although it serves as the principal spiritual home for Czech and Slovak adherents of Eastern Orthodoxy, Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral remains best known for the role it played during World War II. After assassinating the city's Nazi chief of police, seven Czech resistance fighters hid in the church's crypt. The Nazis quickly cordoned off the building with hundreds of troops, and in the ensuing standoff three of the Czech soldiers died, while the other four used their last bullets on one another. One of the church's exterior walls still bears bullet scars, as well as a plaque in honor of the Czech fighters. Visit the crypt to see a small exhibit dedicated to the seven national heroes. Put Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral into our Prague itinerary maker and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • This was just round the corner from our hotel so perfect for our last day. Went expecting an interesting exhibit about the city and church during the war. What I didn't expect was a truly crushing ret...  more »
  • This Pantheon is the most loved by the Czech people. Is dedicated to the command headed by Jan Kubis and Jozeb Gadcik, paratroopers who, to rid the country of the German domain, organized the assassination of nazi Reinhard Heydrich, sadist who handled the country. This operation was called "anthropoid", being the first attack perpetrated at a high command nazi in the second war world, in 1942. After failing (although Finally, Heydrich died after fifteen days of agony for infection), they hid in the crypt of this church, with five other partners, with the help of the priest. After three weeks of confinement in inhumane conditions, were betrayed and the Gestapo deployed 360 members of the battalion of the SS guard to capture them, but they chose to commit suicide rather than fall into Nazi hands. We could see yet holes of bullets in front of the Church, and a commemorative plaque of the fact. The entrance to the crypt is up to 16, 3 hours, at least in summer. In the crypt, as well as a small museum, are the tombs of the heroes of Prague, always with flowers and messages that the people leave because they are revered. It should be noted that the priest was also dead, but not be in that circumstance. Do not miss it, above all, to the lovers of history. The building is also worthwhile, beautiful architecture.
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  • Thrilling visit, at least for the lovers of the history of the WW2. Price is voluntary.
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  • It was a Saturday when we went and the cathedral appeared to be closed. Located along a highway. Not much to see, not really unique from outside.
  • Historialy one of the most important spots connected with the end of the WWII.
  • Interesting and moving
  • Great Cathedral, a piece of History
  • When you want mix new history and old one this is ideal place.Probably only one chappel where dies such many brave men