Vítkov - horse riding statue of Jan Žižka
Prague, Czech Republic
Vítkov - horse riding statue of Jan Žižka Prague Reviews
The biggest horse riding statue in the world, beautiful viewpoint Dec 04, 2012
This monumental statue is located by the National Memorial on the Vítkov Hill. If you want to visit the memorial in the functionalist style, there's a fee charged, the access to the hill and statue is free.
The memorial is originally intended as a honour to Czechoslovak Legions from World War I (1914 - 18), however in the years 1954 - 62 it was a mausoleum of the communist president Klement Gottwald (after Soviet model of a display of Lenin's body, but removed as the body started to decay). Today's exhibition: Crossroads of Czech and Czechoslovak states.
I consider more interesting the statue of Jan Žižka z Trocnova itself. The proposal of the statue was created by Bohumil Kafka in 1931. The statue of this Czech warrior weights 16,5 tons, has got about 120 bronze parts and almost 5000 screws and belongs to the biggest of this kind in the world. It was open 14th July 1950 - the anniversary of the battle on the Vítkov hill.
As the statue is on the hill, you can see spectacular views to the Prague's city centre, as well as to the quarter Žižkov named after the warrior on the horse in the vicinity of the Vítkov hill. This area (Vítkov) is close to the underground station of lines B and C 'Florenc' (a coach station for long distance buses). The place was never crowded, when I was there, maybe I was just lucky. It is definitely worth visit.
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