National Geographic : 1938 Aug
CZECHOSLOVAKIAN CYCLORAMA ivaionat ueograpntc oucIcy rinlay rnotograpn Dy Vw. ijoDert Ivioore AN ALFRESCO MUSEUM OF HOLY STATUARY LINES CHARLES BRIDGE IN PRAHA " Hundred-spired, golden Prague," often called " Rome of the North," owes much of its surviving medieval sculpture to pious King Charles IV of Bohemia, who lived 600 years ago. The Bohemian kingdom lost its freedom about three centuries later, at the time the Pilgrims landed in America. The next year, heads and hands of Czech patriots, impaled on spikes, were displayed as a grim warning above this tower gateway. After 300 years as a subject people, Czechs, along with Slovaks, Germans, and Ruthenians, were incorporated in the Republic of Czechoslovakia, formed as a result of the World War. Praha today is twice its prewar size; many of its newer streets and business buildings resemble those of the United States.