Cardinal Dominik Duka has hit out at Prague’s mayor, Zdeněk Hřib, after
the latter compared efforts to return a Marian column to the city’s Old
Town Square to recreating a huge statue of Stalin that stood at Letná
Plain. In a letter, the head of the Czech Roman Catholic Church called on
Mr. Hřib to apologise for his words.
Cardinal Duka said the mayor had failed to realise the meaning of communist dictatorship and what Stalin symbolised.
A group of activists is pushing for the recreation of a Marian column that was torn down in 1918 by protesters who regarded it as a symbol of former Austrian rule. However, they do not have permits to erect a new monument.
Prague City Hall councillors have rejected an initiative to install a
replica of the Marian Column, erected in 1650. It was torn down shortly
after Czechoslovakia was founded by an angry mob who saw it as a symbol of
Members of the Association for the Renewal of the Marian Column had gathered on Prague’s Old Town Square on Sunday, collecting signatures in support of rebuilding the structure.
The day before, sculptor Petr Váňa had attempted to place part of a balustrade he had consutructed in the Marian Column's original location.
Members of the Association for the Renewal of the Marian Column gathered on
Prague’s Old Town Square on Sunday, collecting signatures in support of
rebuilding the structure that stood there until 1918.
On Saturday, sculptor Petr Váňa again attempted to start rebuilding the column, placing part of a balustrade in its original location. His first attempt was thwarted by the police on grounds that he did not have the required permit to close off part of the square. Mr. Váňa claims that he has planning permission for the column.
The original Marian column, built in 1650, was regarded by some as a symbol of Austrian rule and was torn down by an angry mob shortly after Czechoslovakia was founded.
The Czech sculptor Petr Váňa, who has spent years crafting the components
of a new baroque style Marian Column, whose predecessor used to stand on
Prague’s Old Town Square before it was torn down by an angry mob in
November 1918, has transported the pillar’s pieces by boat to the
capital. He was greeted by a small crowd cheering “Glory!” on the river
bank. However, Mr. Váňa still lacks authorisation to erect the statue
from the Prague 1 district.
The group pushing for the column’s restoration on Prague’s famous square is set to meet there on Saturday, with Mr. Váňa presenting the project.
Sculptor Petr Váňa on Wednesday attempted to start rebuilding a Marian
column that stood on Prague’s Old Town Square until 1918. Mr. Váňa said
that he had planning permission for the column. However, he did not have
the required permit to close off the part of the square in question and was
stopped by the police after having removed seven square metres of
cobblestones to make way for the new structure.
The original Marian column was regarded by some as a symbol of Austrian rule and was torn down by protestors shortly after Czechoslovakia was founded.
Part of Prague’s famous astronomical clock was mistakenly painted over
during renovation work last year, Czech Television reported. The error
concerned part of the clock face showing astronomical events. The Prague
authorities discovered the blunder and had that section correctly repainted
some weeks ago.
Czech Television said experts from the Czech Academy of Sciences and the Ministry of Culture had been critical of the renovation project, which was the most extensive in several decades. The medieval clock is located in the tower of Prague’s Old Town Hall and is visited by millions of tourists every year.
An event at the Strahov Monastery took place on Tuesday to celebrate the statue of the Virgin Mary in Exile, which was placed in its garden exactly 25 years ago. The statue, which previously stood in the Czech Benedictine College in Lisle, near Chicago, was commissioned by Czechoslovak expats in the US in the 1950s and became a symbolical connection to their homeland.
Thousands of people demonstrated in central Prague on Friday evening,
calling for the resignation of Andrej Babiš’s ANO-led government. The
crowd gathered at Prague Castle and marched to Old Town Square, which was
almost full, repeating the scene at a similar demonstration on November 17.
The event was organised by Milion chvilek, a group that has held a number
of protests against Mr. Babiš’s this year.
The gathering took place shortly after the ANO government survived, as anticipated, a no-confidence vote. It was tabled by the opposition over a scandal surround Mr. Babiš’s son, who says he was taken to Crimea against his will so as not to be available to answer questions in an investigation involving the PM and alleged corruption.
This Saturday marks exactly 100 years since the destruction of one of Prague’s then best-known landmarks, a Marian column on Old Town Square. The monumental Baroque structure was built in 1650 in gratitude for the end of the Thirty Year’s War. But more than 250 years later, it was torn down by an angry mob, which saw it as a symbol of the Habsburg takeover of the Czech lands.
The Prague astronomical clock, commonly known as the ‘Orloj’, will reopen in the last week of September after 9 months of reconstruction. The repairs were the first complete dismantling of the clock since the end of the Second World War and the process even revealed some hidden secrets now visible to the public.