Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral
|Saints Cyril and Methodius Cathedral|
Orthodox Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius
|Town or city||Nové Město, Prague|
The existing structure had its origins as a Roman Catholic church built between 1730 and 1736 by Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer, dedicated to Charles Borromeo, archbishop and cardinal of Milan in the 16th century.
In 1942, during World War II, the cathedral was the scene of the last stand of a number of Czech and Slovak patriots who, in Operation Anthropoid, had assassinated Reinhard Heydrich, the Nazi SS Obergruppenführer and General of Police. Karl Fischer von Treuenfeld was in command of the German troops that stormed the church on 18 June 1942. After a fierce gun battle, two of the Czechoslovaks were killed and the rest committed suicide to avoid capture. There is a museum in the church crypt dedicated to them as national heroes.
- Evans 2008, p. 277.
- Detailed report regarding the attack on the church and the killing of the assassins – with numerous photographs
- Orthodox Wiki: Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral (Prague, Czech Republic)
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