In this week's Spotlight we take you to one of Prague's most remarkable locations, Wenceslas Square, that expansive boulevard that features some of the city's most significant architecture as well as the most famous of all Czech monuments: a monument to the country's patron saint Wenceslas on horseback, that witnessed all the turmoil of modern Czech history: from the birth of the Czechoslovak state, to the Soviet-led invasion, to the fall of communism in 1989. A square that is also not without controversy: with far too many casinos and prostitutes
Wenceslas Square has been one of the most important places in Prague since the Middle Ages, when it was known as the Horse Market. It was renamed Wenceslas Square during the Czech national revival and has - over the years - been the scene of many significant moments in the country's history. It has seen many changes in recent years, not always for the better. We asked some pedestrians on the square what they thought about it.
If you've been on Prague's Wenceslas Square (Vaclavkse namesti) recently, you may have noticed an extremely futuristic car, a huge naked Buddha or four golden-coloured shopping trolleys. No, the world hasn't gone mad - the square is currently playing host to an exhibition of sculptures by Czech and Slovak artists. What's more the sculptures seem to be popular, if the number of people having their photos taken by them is anything to go by. The exhibition is organised by the Art Factory gallery, which is owned by Zora Carrier. I asked her how many