Jan Palach Square

Jan Palach Square is a lovely square located in Prague on the east bank of the Vltava River abutting the former Jewish Quarter. It was created at the end of the 20th century (making it one of the newest squares in Prague) in memory of Charles University student Jan Palach, who committed suicide by self-immolation in 1969 as a protest against the invasion of Soviet Union.

With its prime location adjacent to the Vltava River, Jan Palach Square offers a good view of Prague Castle, Petřín Hill, and Charles Bridge. On the north end of the square, visitors can find the Neo-Renaissance Rudolfinium Concert Hall, with Charles University buildings occupying the other two sides of the square. Visitors can also find monuments to two famous Czech citizens in the square – a statue of Antonín Dvořak is located in front of the Rudolfinium and a statue of painter Josef Mánes (best known for his paintings of the twelve months added to the Prague Astronomical Clock in 1870) can be seen closer to the river.

Jan Palach Square offers both scenic beauty and a remembrance of recent Czech history. Just minutes from Old Town Square by foot and easily accessible by tram and metro, visitors of all ages will enjoy Jan Palach Square.

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