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“Must see if history buff” 4 of 5 stars
Review of St Cyril and St Methodius Cathedral

St Cyril and St Methodius Cathedral
Resslova 9, Prague, Czech Republic (Nove Mesto (New Town))
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Ranked #22 of 1,345 things to do in Prague
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“Must see if history buff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Had a quick visit to the Church on a recent visit to Prague. They close at 5pm on weekdays in summer and I got there with 30 mins to look around. They had some nice displays relating to the group of soldiers that were involved with the assasination. It was a very sobering experience to go into the crypt where they held out for a few days before taking their lives as they were about to be taken prisoner by the nazis. Would have liked to had more time to read through the displays. I would highly recommend if visiting Prague and you have an appreciation for history.

Visited July 2014
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“Blend of history and religion”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Most people visit to see the place of the World War 2 massacre by the Nazis. However the church itself is now a functioning Orthodox Church where I attended services one Sunday that was performed in Slavonic for the most part. It was originally built for another denomination but converted about 100 years ago.

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Lahti, Finland
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“Piece of history with small price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This church is famous from the WWII. This was the place where czechoslovakian paratroopers were hiding after attacking Heydrich. There is a small museum downstairs. If you are interested WWII (especially resistance in Czechoslovakia) this is a good place to visit. Entrance fee is low.

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“Must-see for history buffs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

The attraction here is not the church as much as the history museum in the basement. It tells the moving story of how the Nazi Heydrich was killed by the resistance. You need to see this to understand Czech history. Very moving.

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“Living history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

St Cyril and Methodius sheltered 7 parachutists involved in the 1942 assassination of Heydrich; after they were betrayed by a comrade, 800 Nazi soldiers surrounded the church with orders to take the defenders alive. Three parachutists defended the nave; after they were killed, the crypt was stormed, and the remaining four men continued the fight ... they saved the last four bullets for themselves. Visiting the crypt is an incredibly moving experience. Bullet holes are still visible on the outside walls of the church; the window through which the Nazi tossed tear gas and attempted to flood the crypt is still there, as is the tunnel which the parachutists started to build in order to escape. Busts, displays and memorials complete the display. It is a quiet, and, despite the horror that took place here, contemplative and peaceful place to reflect on the horrors of Nazi tyranny and the bravery of those who fought again it.

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