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The Jan Palach Memorial

Vaclavske namesti | Just past Wenceslas Monument, Prague, Czech Republic
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Vaclavske namesti | Just past Wenceslas Monument, Prague, Czech Republic
Nove Mesto (New Town)
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Reviewed 22 February 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 17 February 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 21 January 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 10 January 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 17 October 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 21 August 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
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

This is one of the most powerful Monuments I have came across in Prague and the simplicity of a little cross were these two young men paid with their lives for their convictions is both powerful and deeply moving. It's a massive moment in Czech...More

2  Thank Neil K
Reviewed 14 February 2016 via mobile

This small memorial is powerful because of what it stands for. Jan Palach set himself alight as a protest against the Soviet occupiers in the 1960's. Even now it obviously is significant for people as when we passed the memorial one day somebody had placed...More

2  Thank Si-Piercy
Reviewed 15 January 2016

All one has to do is to stand here, close their eyes and picture the horror of what took place here and the bravery of this young man--the depth of his conviction, and the impact this act had on a country in turmoil. Deeply moving.

1  Thank Pepper d
Reviewed 15 December 2015

As with most memorials the tributes are in teh historical meaning of the tribute or sculpture if you knew nothing of the history you would pass this by as another sculpture so from a purely tourist point of view its pretty average, from a historical...More

Thank swift314
Nove Mesto (New Town)
Nearly 700 hundred metres 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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