Come escape reality and follow the footsteps of some of the movies and books set in Prague. Visit unique places, hear unique stories. We do what we love, so don’t expect Mission Impossible but rather Forman’s Amadeus and WWII Anthropoid or Seven Churches, a gothic novel of Prague.
The Seven Churches, a novel set in Prague, the mother of all Gothic cities. The book is an odd gothic thriller, with a strangely conservative message about the human morality and architectural morality going hand in hand. The mysterious crimes committed at the Gothic churches of Prague New Town (surprisingly founded by Czech King and Roman Emperor, Charles IV in 14th century), seem to be connected with the desire to reconstruct the “golden age” of medieval Prague. Interesting novel with bloody and nightmarish plot but at the same time, an opportunity to explore gothic Prague, the mysterious symbols of seven gothic churches, one of which is actually missing.
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Operation Anthropoid – a mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich. Once described by Hitler as “the man with the iron heart”, Heydrich supervised the Einsatzgruppen, the Nazi death squads and also chaired the Wannsee Conference in January 1942, where plans for the Final Solution were completed. Heydrich was Hitler’s man in charge of „germanization“ of the Czech nation.
Sean Ellis, the British director, followed the true story of Czechoslovakian resistance fighters Josef Gabčík (Cillian Murphy) and Jan Kubiš (Jamie Dornan), who undertook the nearly impossible mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich in Prague in 1942. The plan ultimately resulted in the deaths of Kubiš, Gabčík and five other Czechoslovakian fighters – and while Heydrich didn’t die immediately as planned, he did succumb to his injuries soon after.
Gabcik and Kubis hid in the Karel Boromejsky Church in Prague, however soon discovered by the Nazis. Within hours, 750 SS soldiers laid siege to the church, which the soldiers remarkably managed to hold for six hours, killing dozens of Nazis and injuring many more. It was an act of astonishing defiance, which ended with the Czechoslovakian soldiers shooting themselves in the head, as the Nazis filled the church with tear gas. Bullet holes still pockmark the walls of the church today. (source: The Telegraph)
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