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The West of Prague is to the west of the Castle district and is made up of three numbered districts: Praha 5, Praha 6 and Praha 13.


Hvezda Summer Palace

Star-shaped and white, rising out of its meadow like a porcelain figurine, this small summer palace is located near one of the most infamous sites in Czech history. There is a small museum inside dedicated to the 18th-c nationalist writer Alois Jirasek, best known for his collection of Czech fairy tales, available as Old Czech Legends in the U.S. Hvezda's shape is unusual, but this area is known for being near Bila Hora.

Bila Hora, or "White Mountain" is where the eponymous Battle of White Mountain took place between Habsburg forces and the Czech nobility 8 November 1620, as part of the Thirty Year's War. During the early fifteenth century's Hussite rebellions, most of the Czech people abandoned the Catholic church and followed the Protestant teachings of Jan Hus and similar preachers. Despite the Czech lands' annexation by the very Catholic Austrian Habsburg family, the Czech nobility remained Protestant. When Emperor Ferdinand II violated an agreement signed by his predecessor which codified the mainly-Protestant nobility's rights, they got angry. Two Protestant churches were forcibly closed/destroyed on orders of the Bishop of Prague (Ferdinand's right-hand man), the nobility decided they'd had quite enough, and gathered at the Castle en masse. Count Thurn, the ringleader, and his assistants entered the Castle, where they were harassed by two Catholic members of Ferdinand's advisory council. In the best Czech tradition (this has happened more than once. The words 'defenestration' and 'Prague' are inextricably linked in history), Count Thurn and his friends threw the council members out a window. In a remarkably ironic twist of fate, they landed in a pile of manure and survived. What next? From a smelly pair of court lackeys to war?

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