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Bila Hora, or 'White Mountain' is where the eponymous Battle of White Mountain took place between Habsburg forces and the Czech nobility on 8 November 1620, as part of the Thirty Years' War.
Bila Hora, or 'White Mountain' is where the eponymous Battle of White Mountain took place between Habsburg forces and the Czech nobility on 8 November 1620, as part of the Thirty Years' War. During the early fifteenth century's Hussite rebellions, most of the Czech people abandoned the Catholic church and followed the Protestant teachings of Jan Hus and similar preachers. Despite the Czech lands' annexation by the very Catholic Austrian Habsburg family, the Czech nobility remained Protestant. When Emperor Ferdinand II violated an agreement signed by his predecessor which codified the mainly-Protestant nobility's rights, they got angry. Two Protestant churches were forcibly closed/destroyed on orders of the Bishop of Prague (Ferdinand's right-hand man), the nobility decided they'd had quite enough, and gathered at the Castle en masse. Count Thurn, the ringleader, and his assistants entered the Castle, where they were harassed by two Catholic members of Ferdinand's advisory council. In the best Czech tradition (this has happened more than once. The words 'defenestration' and 'Prague' are inextricably linked in history), Count Thurn and his friends threw the council members out a window. In a remarkably ironic twist of fate, they landed in a pile of manure and survived.
Bílá Hora, 162 00 Prague-Prague 6, Czech Republic
Star-shaped and white, rising out of its meadow like a porcelain figurine, this small summer palace is located near one of the most infamous sites in Czech history
A luxurious villa designed by Austrian and Czechoslovak architect Adolf Loos, the author of influential essay 'Ornament and Crime' among others
Go up the Petrin Observation Tower for a worthwhile view over the city for 60 Kč
Children of all ages like the distorting mirrors in the Mirror Maze on Petřín Hill
This hillside slopes down from the Castle and Strahov Monastery to Mala Strana and Malostranske namesti metro station
Watch the night sky with a big telescope from the Stefanik Observatory (40 Kč)
The Prague Castle (Pražský Hrad) is the former seat of the king, and the current residence and office of the Czech president
The famous statue of Child Jesus of Prague can be seen in the Church of Our Lady Victorious of Discalced Carmelite Order in Karmelitská Street
Charming villa, now a museum dedicated to Mozart