The location of the Prague Metronome was once the sight of an enormous statue of Josef Stalin. The statue was unveiled on 1st May 1955 and was the largest in the world. Fortunes change and Stalin was later denounced by Nikita Khrushchev and the statue was blown up in 1962 leaving the hugh concrete base. The 75 foot tall red Metronome which was designed by David Cerny and was erected in 1991 to replace it. It has a commanding view of Prague as it ticks away backwards and forwards and it can be reached by walking across the Stefaniku Bridge from the city centre. The underneath of the base was at one time used as a nuclear bunker for the communist elite. The Metronome which is situated in Letna Park is used as a meeting place for the young and skate- boarders who practice their skills on the smooth surface. The down side to the place is it looks rundown with broken beer bottles scattered around, having said that there are always people around during the day and its perfectly safe, the situation could be slightly different after dark.
Once upon a time there was a gigantic statue of Joseph Stalin overlooking the city of Prague on the banks of the Vltava river. It was over fifty metres high and pure marble. It was the biggest monument to any communist leader in the world at that time. It was torn down only seven years after it was built.
Shame really, because the metronome that replaced it just isn't quite as dramatic. It does have great views of the city still.
This rather bizarre Metronome was built in 1991. The site it occupies is where a huge statue of Stalin used to sit. This was blown up in 1962. If you look at my second photo you will see what this statue used to look like (I took the picture of Stalin’s statue in the communist museum where there was a card explaining this).
There is little to like about this Metronome, and indeed it seems to be as disliked as Stalin’s Statue was by the locals. Plans seem to be ongoing for what to replace it with, but don’t hold your breath, the have been planning for a good number of years… However the good reason to visit this Metronome is the views down to the river and the bridges.
This piece of active sculpture replaced a statue of Stalin and waves to the city all day from it's lofty perch.
Just behind it there is a park where a lot of skateboarders congregate, they are fun to watch and quite skilful.
Thanks to Vratsab for help in the position of this highlight.
If you want to get a "taste of communism" visit the former site of the Stalin monument which cast it's shadow over Prague from 1955 to 1962. At the site there's now a giant metronome erected in 1991,
How to get there:
Take Tram 12 or 17 from the centre to Cechuv Most. Walk up the stairs to Letna Park and the Metronome.
A huge metronome now stands on the old site of where a statue of Stalin once stood, it was pulled down in the 1960's