In 1415 Jan Hus was brought to the stake, which led to the outbreak of the bloody Hussite wars. Try to imagine the tough scene, where a well-known priest and leader from the Bethlehem Church, dressed in rags and humiliating clothes, without his clerical symbols, is taken to the stake. In the square were two sides - church supporters and Hus supporters who came to pay last respects.
The current monument, in the Art-Nouveau style was built in 1915, about 500 years after Jan Hus was captured and executed by the church in 1415. The monument today is one of the known symbols of Prague, since Jan Hus has turned into a tortured saint, and a national hero. His day of death, July 6th, is a national holiday.
Around the memorial are many benches, where you can sit and take a small break from walking around.