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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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  • Architecturally this Orthodox Cathedral, a bit offset from the classical tourist itineraries, indifferent if it weren't for some signs of bullets on the façade. Those dramatic signs take us back to operation Anthropoid in 1942 and the tragic events that followed. The most interesting part of the Cathedral is the crypt, where they took refuge resistance members who killed Heydrich and that they found a heroic death. Today it is an evocative place symbolic halfway between a Museum and a civilian shrine that tells of a desperate journey to freedom interrupted by a vile treachery and Nazi brutality. Entering that place claustrophobic breathes tragic atmosphere, is a magnetic place where, immersing himself in the story, you lose the dimension of time. If you are fond of historical events not to be missed.
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  • The National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror is beneath the Orthodox Cathedral of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Prague. Very sad but interesting story. The Slovak National Museum opened ...  more »
  • Words cannot adequately express the emotion of viewing first hand the final resting place of the Czech heroes who died in the crypt. It was supremely humbling to stand where they died and to say a sil...  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.