Jan Hus memorial / Pomník Jana Husa - Ledec nad Sázavou (Vysocina)
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N 49° 41.689 E 015° 16.617
33U E 519973 N 5504737
Quick Description: Depicted modern memorial, devoted to one of the key medieval church's reformers and symbol of neverending fight for truth - Jan Hus (John Hus), is located in Ledec' centre in square bearing Hus' name (Husovo námestí / Hus Square).
Location: Kraj Vysočina, Czechia
Date Posted: 10/1/2014 12:02:17 PM
Waymark Code: WMMK7M
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:

Depicted modern memorial, devoted to one of the key medieval church's reformers and symbol of neverending fight for truth - Jan Hus (John Hus), is located in Ledec' centre in square bearing Hus' name (Husovo námestí / Hus Square).

The memorial made from artificial stone is formed by high pedestal with statue of Jan Hus holding open book (with inscription "Pravda vítezí" / "Truth prevails") in the right hand. On the pedestal is inscription in Czech: "Milujte se vespolek, pravdy každému prejte" ("Love one another and truth grant to anyone").

The memorial, work of sculptor Rudolf Kubeš from Tábor, was unveiled by members of local Ledec Theatrical Association in 1926.


John Hus (also John Hus or Jan Huss) was a medieval religious thinker, chancellor of Prague' Charles University and church reformer, born in Southern Bohemia in 1369. He initiated a reform movement based on the ideas of John Wycliffe. His followers became known as Hussites. The Catholic Church did not condone such uprisings, and Hus was excommunicated in 1411 and burned at the stake in Constance on July 6, 1415, having been condemned by the Council of Constance, in an unfair trial.

John Hus, one of Wycliffe’s followers, actively promoted his ideas: that people should be permitted to read the Bible in their own language, and they should oppose the tyranny of the Roman church that threatened anyone possessing a non-Latin Bible with execution. Hus was burned at the stake in 1415, with Wycliffe’s manuscript Bibles used as kindling for the fire. The last words of John Hus were that, “in 100 years, God will raise up a man whose calls for reform cannot be suppressed.” Almost exactly 100 years later, in 1517, Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses of Contention (a list of 95 issues of heretical theology and crimes of the Roman Catholic Church) into the church door at Wittenberg. The prophecy of Hus had come true!"

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