Petřín Walkway Renamed to Commemorate Victims of Communism

The pedestrian walking path that runs parallel to Újezd street along the tram tracks should soon be given an official name Staff Jason Pirodsky

Written by StaffJason Pirodsky Published on 09.05.2017 11:24:43 (updated on 09.05.2017) Reading time: 1 minute

The 120-meter-long walkway at the base of Petřín hill, widely known for its monument commemorating the vicitms of the communist era between 1948 and 1989, will be officially renamed, reports Czech news server, Deník.

While the pedestrian path running parallel to Újezd street currently has no official name, it should soon be otherwise.

Municipal councillors will likely approve the naming and renaming of Prague public spaces, among them a proposal to name the alley at the foot of Petřín, today.

The monument along the stairs was unveiled fifteen years ago in May 2002, twelve years after the fall of communism, the work of Czech sculptor Olbram Zoubek and architects Jan Kerel and Zdeněk Holzel.

Seven bronze figures are shown descending a flight of stairs. The statues appear to decay the further away they are from you, symbolizing how political prisoners were affected by totalitarianism.

The new walking path beneath that monument would be named “Obětí totality” way.

Councillors are also expected to approve the names of thirteen other new streets, including the name for the new street near the Libeňský bridge on Bubenské nábřeží which should bear the surname of architect František Sander who designed a number of technical buildings near the Vltava River.

Prrague 7 has also revived the debate last week about naming a street near the Bubny railway station after Sir Nicholas Winton, who saved the lives of hundreds of Czechoslovak children in 1939.

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