Communist regimes in Europe (and not only there) have left many visible traces. One of the ways of reminding people of the power Communist Party had and at the same time expressing the loyalty to the USSR was building megalomanic monuments.
Prague was no exception and the construction of Stalin’s monument began in 1949. It was unveiled on May 1st, 1955 (more than 2 years after Stalin’s death!). For more information, see the Wikipedia article. The huge statue which was the world’s largest representation of Stalin was removed in 1962 within the process of de-Stalinization. Its site wasn’t of any use until 1991 when the controversial metronome was erected.
Local people refer to this place simply as “Stalin” or “Letná” which is the part of Prague where it’s located. The monument consisted not only of the statue but also a quite extensive paved area. It was unused and quite deserted until it became popular among street skateboarders, in-line skaters and BMX riders and now it’s one of the most famous places for this kind of activities at least in the whole of Europe. I spent many days there destroying my joints as well…
Now that my skateboard rests somewhere deep in the closet I still like to go there. The site of the metronome offers great view of Prague. Also the area of the monument is surrounded by a large park ideal for walks, picnics or “regular” sport activities.
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