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St Cyril and St Methodius Cathedral

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St Cyril and St Methodius Cathedral

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Wenovo wrote a review Sep 2020
Morris County, New Jersey2,092 contributions8,221 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Neil B wrote a review Sep 2020
Bournemouth, United Kingdom18 contributions28 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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helenandpaul13 wrote a review Sep 2020
Worcester, United Kingdom1,311 contributions321 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Lee_Dominguez wrote a review Apr 2020
Barcelona, Spain98 contributions47 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: April 2020
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TJC2841 wrote a review Mar 2020
Belfast, United Kingdom26 contributions21 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: January 2020
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