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Náměstí Míru

In the local language this means Peace Square, and it is dominated by a soaring two-tower basilica, the neo-gothic Saint Ludmila Church (Kostel sv. Ludmily). This stunning church was constructed between 1888 and 1893 and bears the creative power of many renowned artists, including sculptor Josef Václav Myslbek, who also fashioned the statue of St. Wenceslas. Ludmila (860 – 921) was born in Mělník and baptised, probably by St. Methodius, in 871. After her husband died their son assumed the throne and had two sons with his pagan wife Drahomíra; Boleslav and Wenceslas, the latter would later become the patron saint of the Czech Republic. Ludmila was strangled at the hand or the behest of Drahomíra who resented her meddling with the budding Christian, Wenceslas. She is celebrated on 16 September and is patron to, among others, converts, widows and those with problematic in-laws…

Náměstí Míru (green line A) is the deepest of Prague’s metro stations and as such has one of the longest escalators in Europe at 87m long with a vertical span of 43m – without walking, it takes over 2 minutes to ascend/descend. The park hosts many festivals including the late September burčák festival and the Christmas market. The square has an almost starring role in the 2006 remake of the cult horror classic, The Omen.

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