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8 Things You Might Not Have Known About the Czech Republic

Posted by on April 19, 2011

My arrival in the Czech Republic means not only a new country for me, but a new installment of “8 Things You Might Not Have Known…”

  1. Prague is the defenestration capitol of the world. If you are like me, you probably love a good defenestration. Two of the most famous defenestrations in world history both occurred in Prague. The first defenestration occurred on July 30, 1419 when seven members of the Prague city council were thrown out by a mob lead by a priest demanding the release of several prisoners. When the city council didn’t give into their demands, the mob stormed the city hall in Charles Square and threw seven people out the window where they were subsequently killed.

    The second defenestration took place on May 23, 1618 when a group of Protestants threw three Catholic representatives of the Emperor out a third story window in Prague Castle. All of the defenestrated survived the fall by landing in a pile of horse manure. One of the victims, Philip Fabricius who was a secretary to one of the imperial regents, was later given the title the “Baron of Highfall”.

    There have been other less noteworthy defenestrations in Prague over the years as well.

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