Worldwide icon-chevron-right Europe icon-chevron-right Czech Republic icon-chevron-right Prague icon-chevron-right St. Cyril and St. Methodius Cathedral

St. Cyril and St. Methodius Cathedral

Attractions, Religious buildings and sites
St. Cyril and St. Methodius Cathedral
Photograph: Wikimedia Commons / VitVit St. Cyril and St. Methodius Cathedral

Time Out says

An informative, personal tribute to a story of local resistance against Nazi occupation

The walls of this 18th-century Baroque church have some incredible stories to tell. In 1942, a small, rag-tag group of exiled Czechoslovak soldiers pulled off the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, one of Hitler’s most brutal co-conspirators. The cathedral later provided shelter as the men hid from retaliation, ending in an eventual standoff with Nazi soldiers. It even has the bullet holes memorialized in cement to prove it. The church itself is largely inaccessible to the public, apart from an Orthodox Sunday mass, but the memorial housed in its basement gives a human face and glimpse into the history of struggle and sacrifice involved in fighting back against authoritarian brutality. 

Time Out tip: Before visiting, familiarize yourself with the story of these local heroes in Hollywood style by watching the film Anthropoid (2016). Visitors also sometimes leave flowers or small notes of solidarity to honor the fallen soldiers.

Nearby:
Kočičí kavárna (Cat Café) Prague: For some feline affection with your tea and coffee
Dancing House: For its famously photogenic architecture and rooftop cocktail bar
Lemon Leaf: For a reasonably-priced, reliably-delicious, and locally-loved Thai restaurant

Details

You may also like