Statue of St Wenceslas
The bronze equestrian statue of St Wenceslas at the Wenceslas Square is one of the most famous sculptures in Prague made by Josef Václav Myslbek.
New Town, Wenceslas Square; the sculptural group was made by Josef Václav Myslbek. The monument was created in 1887 -1924, the bronze equestrian statue of St Wenceslas is 5.5 m high, the height with the pike is 7.2 m and the weight is 5.5 t. The statue is hollow, assembled out of casts based on a plaster model. The army stallion Ardo was a model for the horse.
The monument was later completed with Czech patron saints - when looking from the front there is a statue of St Ludmila on the left, behind it there is a statue of St Agnes (originally hermit St Ivan), on the right front there is the statue of St Prokop and behind it there is a statue of St Adalbert.
The monument was unveiled in 1913 (not fully completed yet), the last statues of St Adalbert and St Agnes were installed only in 1924. The pedestal is made of polished granite. Alois Dryák participated in the architectural decoration of the monument and Celda Klouček in the ornamental decoration.
The sign on the monument: St Wenceslas, Leader of the Czech Lands, our Prince, do not let us die nor those yet to come.
Czech independence was proclaimed in front of this monument on 28th October 1918 with the following works of the document, read out by Alois Jirásek. Therefore, in 1935 the date of 28th October 1918 was embedded into the stones. The decorative bronze chain for the protection of the sculptural group was installed in 1979.