Friday, November 02, 2012

SS Cyril & Methodius (sv Cyrila a Metodeje), Nove Mesto, Prague

A few metres east and on the other side of the road from sv Vaclav, this church was rebuilt 1730-36 to the designs of Kilián Ignác Dientzenhofer on a medieval site. It was originally dedicated to St Charles Borromeo, but it became disused and was bought by the Czech Orthodox Church and is now their cathedral. In 1942 it became a place of refuge for the seven Czech secret agents involved in the assassination of Reinhardt Heydrich. The Waffen SS besieged the church for six hours and the agents committed suicide here in the crypt. There is apparently an exhibition here and the church was supposed to be open from 10am but sadly I found it locked.

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