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Shrine to Jan Palach, a young Czech student who set himself alight on January 16 1969 as a protest against the Soviet occupation.
Vaclavske namesti | Just past Wenceslas Monument, Prague, Czech Republic
Nové Město (New Town)
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 31 October 2014

We remember the Russian tanks rolling into Prague on August 21,1968. We remember that life changing moment for the Czechoslovak nation that experienced a short period of hope during the Prague Spring freedom that preceded this event. Quickly it became clear, that the communist regime...More

31  Thank Wenovo
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Reviewed 11 July 2013

When visiting the Wenceslas Square and standing before the large St. Wenceslas Monument, make sure you look to your left where there is an interestingly shaped bronze cross embedded into the cobblestone along the ground. This is Memorial to Jan Palach and Jan Zajic, both...More

7  Thank BradJill
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Beautiful but understated tribute. There was flowers and candles burning when we visited. It speaks for itself. Would say would definitely have to be vued during the day

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had read about this memorial online, and stumbled across it by accident - and yet, I imagine so many people walk past it and have no idea it's even really there. Which makes the point of it even more sad than the event itself....More

Thank Asia L
Reviewed 5 August 2018

An important memorial to a national hero right in the middle of the capital. A very important tribute to an icon.

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 30 June 2018

There were two large unusual looking structures in the small square in the park opposite the Rudolfinum which commemorated Jan Palach. Each had a square base to raise the many sharp points of the sculpture above eye sight level. One sculpture was all rusty iron...More

1  Thank retireeVancouver
Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

Two young men self immolated when the Ruskies came in 1969. Sad to see. Still represents the Czech resentment of communism. In the center island of a busy street.

2  Thank sealbeachtraveler
Reviewed 29 April 2018

I vividly remember the sacrifice of Jan Palach from my teenager years, and during my first visit to Prague I looked for this memorial to finally pay a personal tribute. I would have expected some more monumental landmark, but after all its scant simplicity is...More

5  Thank marcellos375
Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

We remembered the story of Jan Palach and decided to search for the place where he set himself on fire. We had to search quite intensively and finally discovered some kind of cross in the pavement at the end of the Warceslaw Avenue. It sits...More

5  Thank Kurt_188
Reviewed 2 February 2018

In Memoriam - Jan Palach 1948 - 1969. Jan Palach, young Charles University student committed suicide in protest of the Russian Invasion in January 1969. He set himself on fire in the crowded Wenceslas Square. He died 3 days later in excruciating pain suffering 85%...More

12  Thank Wenovo
Reviewed 20 January 2018

Memorial to one of the sad chapters of Czech history and the history of the Soviet Empire. Palach was a Czech hero and deserves your attention.

4  Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 2 November 2017

It is nothing more than a metal cross made to appear as wood in the grown with two mounds. It is where two students self-immolated to protest Soviet/Warsaw Pact occupation during the Prague Spring. The memorial is very fitting for what happened at this location,...More

9  Thank RealBudgetTraveler
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Nove Mesto (New Town)
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represents the most frequent and buzzing crossroads of
the city. The National Museum in the upper part of the
square watches over your spending spree in countless
shops and retail stores lining the entire square,
which ends at Na Příkopě, the most famous shopping
street. When tired or broke, you can explore the
city's underpasses, which can take you to the Old Town
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