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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
Nove Mesto (New Town)
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank Elena O
Reviewed August 28, 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

Thank chanyuklan
Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

The Jan Palach Memorial is a wonderful moving and poignant monument to the sacrifice of a young student who set himself ablaze in protest against Soviet aggression and occupation. It's a simple cross located in Wencelas Square and it's simplicity makes the monument more powerful...More

Thank Neil K
Reviewed July 1, 2017 via mobile

Lovely open space. Amazing statue which looks over a lovely garden. A must see area to go to. Lots of beautiful buildings to look at

Thank Kathryn L
Reviewed February 22, 2017 via mobile

It's a memorial grave of Czech a history and economics student, Jan Palach, who set himself ablaze to protest against the "demoralization" of Czechoslovak citizens caused by the Warsaw Pact armies.

Thank JennaGlobeTrotter
Reviewed February 17, 2017

This somehow melted cross serves as a sad memorial to Jan Palach, who committed self-immolation as a political protest against the invading Communists.

Thank TheShis
Reviewed January 21, 2017

I was always impressed by this young man who decide to give his life for freedom of his country is such an heavy and painful way. Jan's funeral had 600 hundred thousand followers and even today his name is remenberd a s a freedom angel....More

Reviewed January 10, 2017

There are a lot of monuments and statues throughout this historic city. This is one of the quietly powerful places you can visit - possibly reflecting on the reason for this unusual pained looking cross splayed across the cobblestones. This is especially impactful in current...More

Thank ruthandvern
Reviewed October 17, 2016

Located on the spot where the young man died as a warning to others not to give up hope and in protest at what communism and the soviets had done to his country. Right outside the museum with a view down Wenceslas square.

3  Thank Anthony S
Reviewed August 21, 2016

In Memoriam. Jan Palach - 20 years old Charles University student. He set himself on fire - in one man protest against the Soviet Invasion. The world barely noticed, but he quickly became his nation's hero. Unthinkable, horrifying and selfless act that took place on...More

12  Thank Wenovo
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
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