Frantisek Palacky monument
Public Art : Frantisek Palacky monument
Sculptor: © Stanislav Sucharda (1866-1916)
Description: The bronze
and granite sculpture is a tribute to Czech historian and politician Frantisek Palacky (June 14th, 1798-
June 14th, 1876) who was considered one of the three "Fathers of the Nation". The
monument features a seated granite carved Frantisek Palacky with stoic expression whilst the
bronze allegories feature dramatic expressions as they wage war (between heaven and hell) on either
side. The left side symbolizes the oppression of the nation while the right, national awakening.
Date Unveiled: The monument was designed and
constructed between 1898-1902 and unveiled on the 1st July, 1912.
Cost: 525,000 crowns
Location: The Frantisek Palacky monument is located
at The Square of palacky, Hilavani mesto, Prague, Czech Republic
In 1939, during the German occupation, the memorial was ordered to be disassembled and
destroyed. Fortunately a group of brave Czechs hid the peices in a remote area where the vegetaion hid it from
view. In 1947 it was restored and reassembled (minus a few pieces) and the following year it was erected
During the installation the crane arm snapped and a large piece of the sculpture fell onto the
wagon smashing it to bits. No one was injured.