Petrin Hill – Karel Hynek Macha

IMG_0363Where: A bit hidden on Petrin Hill after passing the statue of Jan Neruda and the fountain of 2 playing boys in Prague 1. GPS: 50.081774, 14.401985

What: It is a bronze statue of Karel Hynek Macha. He is standing with his right hand leaning on the wall, on which there is an open notebook and in his left hand he is holding a bouquet of lilacs. The pedestal is made of granite and the plaque mentions his name, date of his birth and of his death. The statue was created between 1910 and 1912 by Josef Václav Myslbek and Architect Antonín Balšánek

Who: Karel Hynek Mácha (16 November 1810 – 5 November 1836) was a Czech romantic poet. His most famous poem is considered to be “Maj” (May in English) which was published shortly before his death in 1936. It is now considered to be one of the best Czech poems ever written. However recognition of his work came only after his death. Czech nationalists and academics  discovered and rehabilitated Mácha. Originally buried in a pauper grave, in 1939 his remains were exhumed, and were given a formal state burial at the famous Vyšehrad cemetery in Prague.

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