Search This Blog

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Jan Hus Monument and Luther the Swan

Here is the Monument to Jan Hus in Prague, built in 1915, the 500th anniversary of Hus' death.

The Roman Catholic church declared Jan Hus to be a heretic and had him executed by burning him at the stake in 1415. It is reported that as Hus was being burnt alive he said, “Today you are burning a goose, but out of my ashes will be born a swan whom you will not burn.” Hus in Czech means "goose." The "swan" born from Hus' ashes was Martin Luther who almost exactly 100 years after Hus' death posted the 95 Theses beginning the Reformation in 1517.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Location:Celetná,Prague 5,Czech Republic

No comments:

Post a Comment