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Following the assassination of the Bohemian puppet state's Nazi overseer, Reinhard Heydrich, in May, 1942, the two Czechoslovak paratroopers who carried out the deed and several other partisans fled to the crypt of this Orthodox church. Another partisan betrayed them to the Germans, who tried first to shoot their way into the crypt, then to flush the men out with water. Finally, the resistance fighters committed suicide when they realized there was no escaping the Nazi trap. This dramatic story is told by photo displays in the crypt itself. The Czechs carried out relatively few acts of resistance against the Nazis, yet hundreds of innocent people (including almost the entire village of Lidice) paid with their lives for the Heydrich assassination.
The building is conveniently located in the center of Prague by Anděl metro station, and is easily reached from all over the city. The National House Smíchov was built in the Art Nouveau style (an international style of decoration and architecture which developed in the 1880s and 1890s). The elegant decorative art style is characterized by intricately detailed patterns of curving lines. Events are often held at this beautiful venue.
For decades, this has ranked amongst the most popular attractions in town; a uniquely Czech form of theater that blends pantomime, clowning, film, and astonishing illusions created by fiendishly clever lighting. Three or four shows alternate. Two long runners are the mythological Odysseus and the more family-oriented Magic Circus.
This imposing Neo-Renaissance building embodies Bohemia's rich musical and operatic tradition. National Theatre (Národní Divadlo) is the best place to see Czech opera favorites by Dvorak, Smetana and Janacek; there are usually four or five Czech operas in the repertoire during any given season. The National Theatre also specializes in rather conservative, solidly-sung productions of Italian opera. German works by Strauss and Wagner are also popular. The orchestra is always reliable, with occasional flashes of brilliance. Advance tickets go on sale one month prior to performance. Call ahead to find out more.
Some of the backdrops here are as entertaining as the wax figures themselves: Franz Kafka stands beside convincing reconstructions of a shop and inn of his time; Emperor Rudolf II and his court alchemist - the Englishman Edward Kelley - stand watching an experiment in Kelley's dim laboratory. There are many figures from Czech history here, from Austrian emperors to the first Czech Communist President Klement Gottwald as well as cultural figures such as Antonin Dvorak, movie director Milos Forman and playwright-turned-president Vaclav Havel. The only thing that seems to be lacking is information which puts the characters in the context of their time. A short multimedia projection entitled "Love through Seven Centuries" explores the romantic nature of Prague.
The Staropramen Brewery began on October 1869 and is considered to be the official beer of the Czech Republic. It is the alcoholic darling of Prague and is considered to be a national treasure. Tours are available which include a film on brewing technology, the history of the Brewery, and a tasting at the end. The brewery can also be rented for private parties and events.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy this wonderfully quaint this theater. There are a variety of productions that rotate throughout the season with performance costs being extremely reasonable with the exchange rate. The theater takes pride on their high quality performances drawing quite a crowd on weekends. Make sure you get there early for a good seat.
Constructed in 2002, the Memorial to the victims of Communism during the communist era of 1948 to 1989. Sculpted by Olbram Zoubek, the memorial consists of a group of seven debilitated statues of men along a stairway at the Petřín Hill. The statues appear to break apart as the onlooker moves farther away from them. Along with the statures, there is also a plaque which dedicates the memorial to all those impacted by communism and an estimate of those who were killed, exiled and imprisoned.