St. Wenceslas looking out over his square

The Memorial to St. Wenceslas in Wenceslas Square (Václavské námĕsti)

This is the work of the sculpture Josef V. Myslbek from 1912 - 1913.  The holy prince is surrounded by the patron saints of the country, Prokop, Adalbert, Ludmila and Agnes.  The immediate surroundings of the memorial are the scenes of symbolic acts, public discussion, political speeches (and also a favourite place for making dates!).  We'll meet under the tail, Prague people usually say, meaning the little flat area behind the statue.

Behind the statue lies the National Museum built in 1885 - 1890.  For anyone with an interest in natural history it is an essential stop on any visit to Prague.

Wenceslas Square, in Czech Václavské námĕsti, is today a shopping centre and the busiest Prague boulevard.  It is 682 metres long and 60 metres wide.  Its area originally intended as a market for horses and farm goods, was so measured by the founders of the New Town at the instigation of Emperor Charles IV.  It was named the Horse Market until the revolutionary year of 1848.