Vítkov battle to be re-enacted

The famous battle in Prague 3 is a backdrop for a day of family fun

Czech history will be re-created Saturday, July 14, at Vítkov Hill in Prague's Žižkov district. The Battle of Vítkov Hill took place in July 1420, with followers of religious reformer Jan Hus, led by Jan Žižka, fighting it out with Catholic Crusader forces loyal to the Holy Roman Empire, led by King Sigismund of Luxembourg (Zikmund Lucemburský).

The re-enactment is a day of family fun starting at 10 am and running until 8 pm, and admission is free.

The main events are the battle re-creations, which takes place twice at 1 pm and 5 pm on a set built behind the National Monument. 

The narration of the battle is in Czech, but there is enough action that children (and adults) should be able to figure it out.

“I'm looking forward to this year's edition of Hrr na ně! Husité na Vítkově, which is held for the sixth time. A heroic Hussite unit hidden in a building will compete with an army of crusaders to force them back from Vítkov hill. Again we can look forward to a magnificent battle. And, of course, there will be a varied accompanying program for children and adults,|” Prague 3 Mayor Alexander Bellu (ODS) said on the Prague 3 website.

The battle is staged not too far from the massive statue of Hussite military leader Jan Žižka, once the largest equestrian statue in the world.

Hussite wagons, shields, Palisades, firearms, armor and a cavalry will be seen on Vítkov. Historical figures include Jan Žižka z Trocnova a Kalicham who gives his name to the Žižkov neighborhood, and King Sigismund.

Aside from the battle area, there is a stage with entertainment including jesters, jugglers and musicians.

Musical acts include Euphoricahist and Dei gratia, which play historical music. Fencing and medieval dance will be demonstrated as well. Theatrical groups will present short shows related to history. Visitors can practice archery and see an executioner with his instruments.

The path to the National Monument will be lined with stands offering medieval trinkets, toy swords and shields, jewelry, as well as food and beverages.

Transportation to the base of the hill will be provided on special buses from metro stop Želivského to Ohrada, but the hill is easily reachable by foot. The area gets very crowded, so biking might be a bit difficult and places to lock up a bike are limited.

Spots with the best view of the battle fill up early, but it can also be seen on a big video screen.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events or www.praha3.cz.

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