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Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral, Prague

(4.7/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
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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  • There are tears in my eyes while writing this review. The crypt is where 7 Czech and Slovak heroes made their last stand against 750 nazis. It is a moving tribute to them and the thousands of others w...  more »
  • I'm a huge WW2 enthusiast and although I heard of Operation Anthropoid before, I deliberately watched the film before my trip, as I heard it was historically accurate. The crypt under the church was v...  more »
  • Wasn't expecting a fraction of what this cathedral offers. The museum inside was a revelation. Crammed with facts and displays, it's a must for people interested in WW2 history. And it's FREE! The hig...  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.