Church of St. Cyril and Methodius Prague
In Resslova street in Prague 2 there is a church, which was originally dedicated to St. Karel Boromejský and his consecration of St. It was not modified for Cyril and Methodius until 1935. At that time, modifications were made for the purpose of using the church by the Czechoslovak Orthodox Church.
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Interesting facts Church of St. Cyril and Methodius Prague
Church of St. Cyril and Methodius became known mainly in connection with the attack on the Reich Protector Reinhard Heydrich, when he provided a hiding place for seven Czech paratroopers who committed the assassination. They were specially trained for this task, however, after the attack they did not manage to leave the city in time and with the help of the Orthodox Church they later hid in this church. Subsequent extensive searches, led by the imperial police, led to the arrest and interrogation of a large number of people. The paratroopers' refuge was finally revealed, and on June 18, 1942, the Gestapo and the SS surrounded the church and fought in the early morning. Bullet walls are still damaged in the crypt. The last ammunition was kept by the paratroopers for themselves, because they knew from the beginning that their fight was lost. Bishop Gorazda and other representatives of the Czechoslovak Episcopal Church were arrested and then executed. That same year, this church was abolished.
In the place of the church there are still remnants of landscaping from the end of the 19th century, when it was planned that this church will be demolished and it did not happen only due to mistake. The erroneous assumption about the architect of the church arose at that time, and this work was completely wrongly attributed to Kylián Ignác Dientzenhofer, who, however, performed only finishing work. Church of St. Cyril and Methodius stand today only because of this mistake.
Author: Andrea Štyndlová