|Saints Cyril and Methodius Cathedral|
Orthodox Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius
|Town or city||Nové Město, Prague|
The Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral in Nové Město, Prague, Czech Republic, is the principal church in the Metropolitan Council Czech Republic . The existing structure had its origins as a Roman Catholic church built between 1730 and 1736 by Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer, dedicated to Saint Charles Borromeo, archbishop and cardinal of Milan in the 17th century.
In 1942, during Word War II, the cathedral was the scene of the last stand of a number of Czech and Slovak patriots who had assassinated by Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich, the Nazi SS and General of Police. Karl Fischer von Treuenfeld was in command of the troops that stormed the church on 18 June 1942. After a fierce gun battle, they committed suicide to avoid capture.Presently there is a museum in the church dedicated to them as national heroes.