22 Sacred Sights
The head of the Orthodox community
was Matěj Pavlík, who after consecration
as the first Czech Orthodox bishop
received the name Gorazd. Bishop
Gorazd built dozens of churches
and created the form of Czech
Orthodoxy that is known today.
Until 1935, the
Cathedral of
Sts. Cyril and Methodius
sv. Cyrila a Metoděje) was a Catholic
church. It was inscribed not just in the
history of the Orthodox Church but
the whole country of Czechoslovakia
during the Nazi occupation, when
the paratroopers who carried out the
assassination of Acting Reich Protector
Reinard Heydrich hid in its crypt. This
became the pretext for the subsequent
prohibition of the Orthodox Church,
and its priests and believers
were persecuted. Bishop Gorazd
was canonized in 1987 for his heroism
and martyrdom.
Resslova 9a
Praha 2–Nové Město
The Carpathian Church of
St. Michael
the Archangel
(Kostelík sv. Michala),
also called the Church of St. Michael,
is a true rarity. This wooden Orthodox
church with elements of Baroque folk
architecture was built in the second half
of the 17th century in Ukraine. In 1929,
it was dismantled and brought to the
Kinský Garden in the Smíchov district
of Prague, where it was re-erected.
Petřín–Kinský Garden
Praha 5–Smíchov
Interest in the Orthodox
tradition grew among Czech
Christians after 1848. In
1874, Prague’s Church of
St. Nicholas on Old Town
Square was given to the
Eastern Orthodox Church
for its masses.
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St. Nicholas Church in Prague’s Old Town
Church of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Prague
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