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The Jan Palach Memorial

Vaclavske namesti | Just past Wenceslas Monument, Prague, Czech Republic
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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.
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Vaclavske namesti | Just past Wenceslas Monument, Prague, Czech Republic
Nové Město (New Town)
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"self immolation"
in 5 reviews
"wenceslas square"
in 9 reviews
"charles university"
in 3 reviews
"warsaw pact"
in 3 reviews
"prague spring"
in 3 reviews
"committed suicide"
in 2 reviews
"czech history"
in 4 reviews
"national museum"
in 3 reviews
"his life"
in 2 reviews
"jewish quarter"
in 2 reviews
"protest"
in 17 reviews
"freedom"
in 7 reviews
"sacrifice"
in 4 reviews
"tribute"
in 4 reviews
"soviet"
in 7 reviews
"occupation"
in 3 reviews
"poignant"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank retireeVancouver
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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
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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

4  Thank marcellos375
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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

4  Thank Kurt V
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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

11  Thank Wenovo
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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
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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

8  Thank RealBudgetTraveler
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Reviewed 21 October 2017

I didnt hear about this before i run into it on may way to central station last saturday morning and then had to take a short stop for looking and a photo was too much people around it that morning and I didnt have good...More

7  Thank Baross
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Reviewed 21 September 2017

This memorial commemorates not only Palac, but Jan Zajic as well who self-immolated month later after Palach. Both were expressing protest against Czechoslovakia’s occupation by the armies of Warsaw Pact. Youth protest to awake nation.

8  Thank Elena O
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Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

We came looking for this memorial, and found it in front of the National Museum, at the place behind the large statue in Wenceslas Square. We came here on purpose, with prior knowledge about the story behind the monument, to pay tribute to a young...More

6  Thank chanyuklan
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Nearby
Nove Mesto (New Town)
Nearly 700 hundred metres long, Wenceslas Square
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
...More
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