6. Neruda Square

Neruda Square

Roland: The scholars told me that the records state that most thieves try to take their loot out of the city immediately. Horse-drawn stagecoaches used to depart from this square for Prague.

Soldiers used to live here – sharpshooters. Soldiers keep watch so there is always at least one person awake. They might know who got into the stagecoach. The thing about the soldiers is that you have to constantly compete with them to find out whose eyes are sharper.

Task

Look at the house signs around the square. One should have a head of the mythical messenger god Mercury, who is also the God of trade. What is the symbol of Mercury?

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Comment

Regular stagecoach transportation from Liberec to Prague was introduced by the enterprising owner of the Black Horse Inn. I am not sure whether it ever made him any money but one thing is for sure: the coach went out regularly at four o’clock in the morning and arrived in Prague at nine o’clock in the evening. How long did the path, which takes about an hour today, take back then? During the reconstruction of the square, a mass grave was found. Bodies of soldiers fallen in the battle between the Prussian and Austrian armies in Liberec in 1757 were buried there. According to historical records, there are almost 900 graves under the square. That’s why the originally planned trees were not planted: they would irreparably damage the graves.