Thanks to its 25 hectors the place was predestined for ‘events of major importance’ even in bygone days: Indeed, it was here that the famous Czech king Ottokar II of Bohemia held his coronation feast, several armies camped in the area; not so long ago the communist leaders chose the place as a venue ideal for staging their megalomaniac First of May parades and other army extravaganzas. Even these days the place sometimes becomes a scene of various meetings with more or less political context. In 1990, it saw a mass served by Pope John Paul II, and later on the area resounded with several rock concerts. Recently Letná has become a regular host to the theatre and music festival Summer Letná.

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