Wenceslas Square
Prague • Czech Republic

From: Prague Travel Guide

See also: National Museum Powder Gate Klementinum

Wenceslas Square, Prague, Czech Republic
Wenceslas Square is the place to go if your wanting a huge variety of shops, excellent dining or a social evening out to one of the many nightclubs and bars that are in the area.

The square itself is oblong in shape and is lined with many shops and restaurants with many other office buildings nearby. The most notable building is that of the National Museum which stands dominating one end of the square its massive structure is symmetrical in design and contains a wonderful fountain in front of the entrance.

The Square was founded in 1348 and was originally used as a horse market. Within Wenceslas Square now stands an enormous equestrian statue of St Wenceslas which was designed by Mylsbek and is positioned in front of the National Museum. The statue shows St Wenceslas riding a horse and is positioned on a plinth which is surrounded on a lower level by the statues of St Ludmila who was Wenceslas's grandmother, St Adalbert, St Agnes and St Procopius.

There is also a memorial close to the St Wenceslas statue for Jan Palach who set himself alight in protest of the invasion of the Soviet Union on Czechoslavakia.

Attraction Location Guide
Wenceslas Square is around a 5 minute walk to the south east of Old Town Square and to the south west of Powder Tower.