Tuesday, July 6, 2010
July 6 marks Jan Hus Day in the Czech Republic. Den upálení mistra Jana Husa
Today marks the 595th anniversary of the death of Jan Hus, a 15th century priest, reformer, and religious thinker who was burned at the stake by civil authorities as a heretic. July 6th is a National holiday in the Czech Republic, with religious services held throughout the country commemorating Jan Hus's legacy. President Václav Klaus attended a service held in Prague's Bethlehem chapel, where Hus preached. Hus was a key predecessor to the Protestant movement of the 16th century, and his teachings had a strong influence on the states of Europe, most immediately in the approval for the existence reforming Bohemian religious domination, and, more than a century later, on Martin Luther himself.
Jan Hus monument in Old Town Square