St. Wenceslas statue on Wenceslas Square in Prague

St. Wenceslas statue on Wenceslas Square in Prague

The monument of St. Wenceslas on Wenceslas Square is a symbol of Czech statehood. The author of the best-known sculptural monument in Prague is the most important Czech sculptor of 19th and 20th century, a representative of the monumental realism and the founder of modern Czech sculpture Josef Vaclav Myslbek. Myslbek had been working on statue of St. Wenceslas for more than thirty years.

 

Competitive bidding for creation of new equestrian statue of St. Wenceslas was launched in January 1894. The contract was finally awarded to Myslbek after heated discussions in the circles of professional and lay public. The origin model was subsequently amended many times and eventually four statues of standing saints was added to the equestrian statue of St. Wenceslas monument.

 

The statue height, measured to Wenceslas spear, is 7.2 meters. The statue of St. Wenceslas weight is about 5.5 tons and the statue is made of bronze.

 

The era of the 28th October 1918, set into pavement before the monument, was dedicated on the 27th October 1935. The monument of St. Wenceslas was declared a national historic landmark  by government on 16th August 1995.

 

10.1.2012 | Prague guide | Cities |
St. Wenceslas statue on Wenceslas Square in Prague
St. Wenceslas statue on Wenceslas Square in Prague
St. Wenceslas statue on Wenceslas Square in Prague
St. Wenceslas statue on Wenceslas Square in Prague
St. Wenceslas statue on Wenceslas Square in Prague
St. Wenceslas statue on Wenceslas Square in Prague
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