Jan Hus Monument (Pomník Mistra Jana Husa)
The monument of stone and bronze made by Ladislav Šaloun is one of the most significant Art Nouveau and Symbolist works of Czech Monumental Sculpture.
Old Town – Old Town Square; the monument of stone and bronze made by Ladislav Šaloun is one of the most significant Art Nouveau and Symbolist works of Czech Monumental Sculpture.
It is dominated by the figure of the martyr Huss above a burning stake, looking towards the main Hussite Church of the Virgin Mary in front of Týn Church. Then there are groups of people, fighters with a shield and a flail and opposite to it there is a group of humiliated people, representing the exhiles in the period of the oppression after the Battle of the White Mountain. In 1903 the foundation stone of this monument was laid and the monument was unofficially unveiled in 1915 (the festive event was prohibited). Celebrations were postponed for a more favourable time. Prague citizens at least covered the monument with flowers at that time. After the foundation of the Republic, signs were added and in 1926 bowls for fires and railings.
Signs on the monument
from the front: Love each other and wish the truth to everybody (author: Huss)
- from the left: Be alive, O nation consecrated in God, do not die.
- from the right: I believe that after the storms of rage pass, the control of your matters will return to you, O Czech people.
- at the back: Who are the warriors of God and his law.