The all-seeing eye of God is among several images that are on buildings across the Golden City
Buildings throughout the historical center of Prague and even a bit beyond are bedizened with details, so many that it is easy to ignore them due to the sensory overload. But once you start looking, it is easy to find themes and some say even hidden messages from secret societies. Once upon a time Freemasonry was popular among the elite in Prague, and a number of Masonic symbols such as the all seeing eye can be found on palaces and villas.
Two names in particular associated with the early days of Freemasonry in Bohemia are Count František Antonín Špork (Franz Anton von Sporck) and the noble Thun-Hohenstein family. Both families had real estate holdings in Prague, and Masonic symbols can be found on some of them.
What is more surprising is that very specific Masonic emblems like the compass and square can be found on residential buildings from the late 19th and early 20th century. The meaning of these is a bit obscure, as the buildings were almost certainly never Masonic lodges.
The Petrified Servant has been in place for perhaps thousands of years
There is a mysterious reddish grey standing stone in the outskirts of Prague, and it is far older than the city itself. Who made it and why is a mystery that will likely never be solved. The rough, unpolished stone was once in an open field but urban sprawl caught up with it in the 1960s and it is now in front of a metal mesh fence of a family house.
House on Ládevska Street in Dolní ChabryLádevska Street in the Dolní Chabry, Prague
Local people refer to it as a meteorite, but that is one thing it certainly is not.
The stone on Ládevska Street in the Dolní Chabry neighborhood in northern Prague is called the Petrifed Servant, but the legend of whose servant it was and how it got petified is long forgotten.
The stone is unique in Prague, with the Devil‘s Column at Vyšehrad as the only remotely similar monument, but that one at least has a legend and some possible explanations.
The Prague 8 district’s webpage claims the stone is of Celtic origin, and related to standing stones, or menhirs, found across Europe.
The official city explanation is that it was likely a magical touchstone to cure disease and spread fertility, and was possible even used by Celtic or Druid priests to see into the future.
Similar stones, often in widespread groups, have astronomical alignments, but none has been found for this one.