St Cyril and St Methodius Cathedral

St Cyril and St Methodius Cathedral, Prague

St Cyril and St Methodius Cathedral

St Cyril and St Methodius Cathedral
4.5
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
This museum tells the story of brave Czech paratroopers who killed SS-Obergrupenführer Reinhard Heydrich in the Operation Anthropoid. Jan Kubiš and Josef Gabčík escaped to this church and the crypt under the church together with five more paratroopers and 20 days later they died here during fight against 700 Nazi soldiers.
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The area
Neighborhood: Nove Mesto (New Town)
Nearly 700 hundred meters 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 or to the courtyards of art nouveau houses with secret gems of greenery, white benches and rose bushes that provide unexpected peace in the midst of the city. Be sure to pay a visit to the traditional cafés, classic Czech pubs, cinemas and theaters. National Theater near the river has a lot to offer to foreigners. Go to the river bank and enjoy live music and drinks while watching a sunset behind Prague Castle.
How to get there
  • Charles' Square • 2 min walk
  • national Ave • 8 min walk
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Ouzelfalls
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Well worth the time
Aug 2020
In August, 2019, my wife and I went to pay our respects to the brave soldiers of the Czech Army. There is a movie that tells the story of what happened at the Church. You see it before entering the crypt. When I got back to the hotel, I mentioned to the staff that we visited the Church. They asked me my opinion of it then offered their own...was it worth it. The horrific reprisals the Nazi SS inflicted against literally thousands of innocent people were very cruel. I'm very glad I went and learned what these brave men did for their country.
Written April 5, 2021
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Wenovo
Morris County, NJ2,089 contributions
Operation Anthropoid
Oct 2019
This beautiful church is forever tied to the atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis on the Czechoslovak nation and the heroes that bravely defended it. During WWII.

The paratroopers that assassinated Heydrich - "the butcher of Prague" as he was called, were offered refuge in this church. They hid here until they were betrayed by one of their own. They were systematically murdered in a siege on the church, trying to survive in the crypt. They all died.

The crypt is now a small museum to honor their memory, their heroic act of patriotism.
Their tragic story was depicted in a fascinating movie - Operation Anthropoid.

Hitler's reaction to the killing of Heydrich was swift. The retaliation was brutal.
The small town of Lidice, not far from Prague was chosen and the town's population, including children, brutally massacred. The town was leveled to the ground.

The church is about half way between the National theater and Vysehrad.
A scenic walk by the river will get you there, turning left to walk up the hill - Resslova street, the church is on the right.
Written September 30, 2020
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Neil B
Bournemouth, UK18 contributions
Moving yet fascinating, great displays and history
Sep 2020
Went yesterday, walked from Old Town. This is a fascinating place, and sad really. It is the Church/Cathedral where the climax of Operation Anthropoid occurred in 1942. This was the assasination of Reinhard Heydrich, the Reichsprotector of Bohemia and Moravia during the war. I won't tell the story here, just look it up, but the displays and crypt are amazing, all free to enter. There was a film, well 2 actually, Operation Daybreak from 1975 and one in 2016 called Anthropoid, not seen that one.
Well worth a visit.
Written September 30, 2020
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helenandpaul13
Worcester, UK1,315 contributions
A must for anyone with an interest of heroism from WW2
Sep 2020
I have always had an inkling to visit this place having watched the film Operation Daybreak and reading about the exploits of the Czech paratroopers from the war. The church is a short walk from the Charles Bridge. If you are standing at the bridge on the opposite side of the river facing the castle, walk along the river bank until you reach the second road bridge. Turn left up the hill and the church is there on the left about 100 yards up the hill. The exhibition is in the crypt on the left as you approach the church. There is a small exhibition retelling the events leading up the assassination, the people involved in hiding the assassins, those who betrayed them and the subsequent reprisals agains the Czech people.

After reading the material walk through the metal door in front of you. It looks like you can't walk through, which is a mistake we made, but if you push at the far end of the door it opens into the crypt where the soldiers made their last stand and finally took their own lives. The space is very small with a set of steep stairs at the far end. You can imagine the sense of inevitability and anxiety the soldiers must have felt as the oppressors placed hoses into the gap by the roof to flood them out, and how as they ran out of ammunition they succumbed to their injuries or committed their final act of bravery.

The exhibition doesn't take long to complete, but for those with an interest in the German occupation of Prague and the brave actions of those oppressed, this is essential viewing. I could have taken photos but opted to put the camera away and just reflect on the experience.
Written September 12, 2020
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Lee_Dominguez
Barcelona, Spain98 contributions
A must!
Apr 2020 • Solo
Nice church, but what makes this visit so amazing is the story it witnessed during nszi occupation. When the paratroopers hid there. The crypt has been turned into a little museum of their deed and death. It's fascinating.
Written April 8, 2020
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TJC2841
Belfast, UK26 contributions
not to be missed
Jan 2020
Jumped off Prague bus tour to visit this magnificient building. It was cold with a biting wind but inside the church was comfortable and well worth the visit
Written March 6, 2020
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cab22018
Dunfermline, UK11 contributions
operation daybreak? the sad ending to a very moving and brave story of the war
Feb 2020
my personal trip and the end to a part of czech history that has fasinated me for a long time. will still come back for the beer now .....
Written February 25, 2020
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Alan H
United Kingdom97 contributions
Amazing bit of history
Feb 2020 • Solo
Saint Cyril and Matthias
Fascinating bit of history well worth going the story of the death of the butcher of prague one of the only high ranking ss officers assassinated during ww2 by the Czech resistance
They hid in the crypt if the church and ultimately committed sucide highly recommend they were so friendly and helpful
Written February 14, 2020
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Gordon Y
27 contributions
Respectful dedication to those that sacrificed their lives fighting tyranny
Feb 2020
I was in a small group of former Royal Marines Commandos who made this visit our first port of call upon arriving in Prague. We were all fully aware of Operation Anthropoid and felt strongly about paying our respects to all who perished here. The informative displays are well presented and the air of solemnity that is within the church and crypt is tangible. We were fortunate, in a selfish way, that there were not many other tourists around and we had and took time to absorb the atmosphere and reflect on the actions that occurred within these walls. I suspect that in a busy tourist season with guided tours you may not have time or peace to fully experience any moments of reflection. That said, it is definitely a venue that deserves a visit if you can.
Written February 5, 2020
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vulcan_7
Scunthorpe11 contributions
Very Moving and thought provoking
Jan 2020
The story regarding what happened here during the Nazi occupation of Prague is just so sad,but also brings home the bravery of young men who were prepared to lay down their lives in the pursuit of liberating their country from pure evil,RIP
Written February 1, 2020
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