Statue of St. Wenceslas in Prague - a traditional place of public gatherings

28-09-2001

A statue of Czech duke St. Wenceslas riding a horse in full armour, surrounded by the other Czech patron saints, is located at the top of Prague's Wenceslas square, and is regarded as one of the city's main attractions. The statue is a traditional place of gathering where Czechs come to discuss public affairs, to mourn and celebrate, a place where politicians call public meetings to, a place which has witnessed some of the most significant events in Czech history. What is it that makes the statue of St. Wenceslas so special? Daniela Lazarova spoke to Dr. Michal Illner, a sociologist from the Czech Academy of Sciences.