Apart from its seedier side and the delight of finding Lenin in Prague, the main reason to visit was to seek out the revolutionary prophets.  Prague is of course the town where Jan Hus first made his impact, kicking off the Bohemian Reformation in the fifteenth century, a good hundred years or more before Luther got things moving in Wittenberg. And the church where it happened, where Hus electrified people with his preaching, was the Bethlehem Chapel:

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That is, apparently, the original pulpit where it all happened. A frontal view:

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The view from below:

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The revolutionary firebrand, Thomas Müntzer, also preached from the same pulpit. And this is what it looks like when you peer through the pulpit door and into the church, the moment before stepping out and holding forth:

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However, the most intriguing aspect of all this is that the chapel was rebuilt early in the communist era of Czechoslovakia. Why? Like Müntzer in the DDR, Jan Hus became a hero of the communist government and they did much to resurrect knowledge and admiration for his work outside the movements inspired by him.

Are there other prophets in Prague? Perhaps …

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Or maybe here …

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But it does have some great trams that take you all over the city:

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