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Wenceslas Square is one of the largest and most famous squares not only in the Czech Republic but throughout the world. The square is a traditional venue for demonstrations, public gatherings and festivities, as well as many historical events. The architectural ensemble of Wenceslas Square was built in the 19th - 20th centuries.
The square got its name in honor of St. Wenceslas - the Czech prince and patron saint of the country. Initially, the square was called the Horse Market, since in the Middle Ages horse fairs were often held here. In 1848 the square received its present name.
Throughout its long history, the square has seen many dramatic events. In October 1918, a proclamation of the independence of Czechoslovakia from the Austro-Hungarian state was read in front of the statue of Wenceslas by the writer Alois Jirasek.
In the 1920s, shops, banks, hotels and restaurants began to appear on the square. during the construction of which functionalism and constructivism played the leading role.
During the German occupation, mass demonstrations and rallies were held on the square. In 1945, during the Prague Uprising, several buildings of the architectural ensemble were destroyed. It was on Wenceslas Square that the end of the war was declared.
In the 1950s, new department stores and neoclassical-style residential buildings were built in place of the destroyed buildings.
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