Josef Mařatka’s monument Praha svým vítězným synům (Prague to Its Victorious Sons) is the most famous monument constructed to honor the Czechoslovak Legionnaires.
The independence of Czechoslovakia was proclaimed on October 28, 1918, by the Czechoslovak National Council in Prague and this monument was unveiled on the same day.
In the center of the monument stands a 32 foot tall granite obelisk, around which the Legionnaires stand in various combat positions. We see four French, two Russian and one Italian Legionnaire. Seemingly frozen in their realistic combat poses, one is going to lunge, the other throws a grenade, another ready to attack.
In the center stands a French Legionnaire with a banner of a simple woman of the people. Mařatka has long been recognized for the way he expressed not only the concept of this collection of me, but for the accuracy with which he captured all the details of armament and equipment.
The monument was destroyed during the German occupation.
After 1989, it was decided it needed to be restored and it was unveiled on its 80th Anniversary, October 28, 1998.
Monument Prague to Its Victorious Sons, work of famous Czech sculptor Josef Maratka, was dedicated in October 28th, 1932 in the Independence day of modern Czechoslovak state.
The monument, massive bronze statuary of soldiers around 16 m high granite obelisk was built as thanksgiving to the WW-I victims and soldiers of Czechoslovak legions.
On the obelisk you can find names of most important WW-I battlefields, where Czechoslovak legions proved bravery in battle – Zborov, Piave, Dobrudja, Vouzi’res, Bachmac, Terron, Champagne, Doss Alto, Volga…
You can visit this monument at nám. Pod Emauzy 376/2, 128 00 Praha 2-Nové Město.
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