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Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral, Prague

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#12 of 74 in Historic Sites in 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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  • I knew absolutely no involvement of the country in the war and I was simply fascinated by what I learned. The entire narrative is displayed on the walls so be prepared read you a lot but I really taken to the game. I hoped to the end that the end is joyful.
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  • Thanks to the movie which depicts the events that passed here, we went to see what such, and the visit was one of the best experiences in Prague. Recommended 100%, the place hits and when you remember scenes from the movie is total.
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  • The bullet holes in the wall of the crypt say it all. I cried for the 7 bravest men I've never met. It's not in any guide books because it's free. Just past the dancing buildings - Fred and ginger, go...  more »
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  • There is so much very old history in Prague; it's interesting to see some that is more recent. This church, of course, is where the "parachutists" hid after attacking Heidrich and took their own lives before they could be killed by the Nazis. Seeing the bullet marks in the stone wall of the church's exterior, where the Nazis tried to shoot into the church basement, makes the whole episode seem very real. Highly recommended. Read the whole story online.
  • The church where the Jewish soldiers on Operation Anthropoid were killed. The crypt (downstairs) is well kept and full of information.
  • Alvaro, the soldiers were not Jewish. The whole operation was managed by the Czech government in exile in London.
  • 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.
  • Incredible story, very moving place.

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