Upside-Down Statue of King Wenceslas Riding a Dead Horse

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Upside-Down Statue of King Wenceslas Riding a Dead Horse

Upside-Down Statue of King Wenceslas Riding a Dead Horse
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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
  • bridge • 4 min walk
  • national Ave • 6 min walk
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Hannah
Nottinghamshire, UK34 contributions
If you like a bit of art or sculpture it is worth seeing this piece by David Černy. The shopping arcade can be entered from both Vodičkova and Štepánská streets. We entered from Štepánská and it was easy to find the entrance. The arcade itself is worth looking at - we didn’t spend enough time here to be honest. The sculpture itself is much bigger than I thought it would be and is quite stunning. If you are in the vicinity and enjoy this type of art, definitely visit and take a look around.
Written January 4, 2022
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Sarx
120 contributions
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This Statue is located in Pasáž Lucerna. This is not the only interesting thing in that pasagge. If you go all the way to the end of the passage, on the left before the exit there is a paternoster lift (the non stop running elevator) for two people at the time, which will take you all the way up, to the rooftop, which is open every saturday, sunday and monday from 3pm till sunset. There is a small bar where you can get a drink while you're enjoying the view. If you are planning a trip to Prague, i highly recommend you checking a YouTube channel Honest Guide, where i found a lot of different places and interesting things in Prague.
Written January 10, 2020
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Andrea
Milan, Italy239 contributions
Another weird sculpture was created by David Černý. Our guide showed it to us, otherwise, it won't be that easy to find it. You'll find it inside the shopping centre Lucerna Palace Gallery. I wouldn't say it is a must-see place, but if you are near, you can at least walk in to take a photo.
Written June 18, 2021
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Onleaveagain
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK7,288 contributions
Another strange statue by the famous Czech sculptor David Černý. It’s located in the atrium of the Lucerne Shopping Arcade just off Wenceslas Square. Why King Wenceslas is riding a dead upside-down horse is little bizarre but as it’s free to view it’s worth a fleeting visit.
Written February 29, 2020
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Wenovo
Morris County, NJ2,089 contributions
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King Wenceslaus. Dead horse. Element of surprise. Peculiar.
This enormous piece of David Cerny's art hangs in the atrium from the beautiful stained glass ceiling in Lucerna passage.
I am still not sure what to make out of it.

It is the old faded glory of the Lucerna passage that brings me back, the memories of the years gone by.
Not the dead horse :)
Written October 30, 2017
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TravelingFinches07
San Francisco441 contributions
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I took some time to get away from the tourist masses at Charles Bridge and Old Town to see the Upside-Down Horse and two other David Cerny sculptures that are within a 5 minute walk. Personally, I enjoyed seeing these 3 sculptures more than the Old Town Astronomical Clock. There was at most a handful of tourists at each Cerny sculpture verses the packed multitudes in Old Town Square. After viewing the Upside-Down Horse, go up the stairs and have coffee at the comfortable Art Nouveau Kavarna Lucerna.

The Upside-Down Horse was created by Cerny in 1999. It is installed near the famous Wenceslas Monument at the head of Wenceslas Square but in a hidden location. Some say that it makes fun of the hero worship and cult of St. Wenceslas. Other say it is a commentary on right-wing Czech prime minister turned president Vaclav Klaus.

Take the short walk to see 3 of Cerny's fascinating sculptures. If coming from Charles Bridge or Old Town, visit Man Hanging Out first (look up in direction of Old Town at corner of Husova & Skorepka). Next, walk 5 minutes to Head of Franz Kafka (in square at corner of Charvatova & Vladislavova). Finally, walk 5 minutes to Upside-Down Horse (Vodickova Street ½ block from Vaclavske Namesti, enter mall at Lucerna sign). If coming from Wenceslas Square (Vaclavske Namesti), reverse the directions.
Written May 11, 2019
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seanoc64
London, UK135 contributions
Couples
The statue itself is very impressive and acts as a counterpoint to the huge imposing equestrian statue of Wenceslas in the square. The shopping centre is a bit run-down but the statue hangs in an atrium with a quirky cinema below and an art-nouveau styled bar/cafe above. Worth a visit if you are in the area, and if you visit the centre of Prague you will be in the area.
Written October 27, 2017
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Jennifer L
Seattle, WA21 contributions
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We walked through here on a food tour. I don't think I would have liked it as well if it was our destination. There is good nearby food, so plan around lunch. It's actually made of styrofoam, so it wouldn't work well outside. Pretty edgy for the artist who has many other works around Prague. Very cool on person.
Written October 2, 2017
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Dan W
Cambridge, UK52 contributions
Friends
Spent a while looking for this - it turns out that it's at Palác Lucerna, Štěpánská, not Vodichkova 704/36, Lucerna Palace Gallery. Worth a few minutes if you're nearby.
Written August 29, 2016
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W-Hartford_CT
Connecticut911 contributions
Couples
The sculptor David Cerny has a number of whimsical, bold sculptures all over Prague. Interestingly, there is no brochure to guide you. You need to find them on the Internet and then track them down, which was a fun thing to do since they can be in out-of-the-way or hidden locations. Also, most of the time people are walking right by them, not knowing one of his sculptures is right in front of them. One of the hardest ones to find is his Upside Down Horse off Wenceslas Square. It is hanging from the ceiling in the Lucerna Passage connecting Vodickova and Stepanska streets. There is a statue of King Wenceslas on top of the dead horse. It is thought to be a commentary on Cerny’s unflattering attacks on the current king.
Written September 30, 2017
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