Location: At the corner of T. G. Masaryka (T. G. Masaryk) Avenue a Dr. Davida Bechera (Dr. David Becher) Street in the centre of Karlovy Vary
Year of creation: 2007
Author: Jan Kotek
Date of unveiling: 15 September 2007
Accessibility: Freely accessible
How to get there
Route 1: You may reach the monument of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk if you walk from the Hot Spring in the spa centre along the Teplá River and the Thermal Hotel. After you reach the Main Post Office, continue up T. G. Masaryk Avenue all the way to his monument. This route, which offers a pleasant walk through the city centre, is approximately 1.5 kilometres long and it will take you about half an hour.
Route 2: If you decide for the second route, take Bus No. 2 from Divadelní náměstí (Theatre Square) in the spa centre to the "Tržnice" (Market) city bus terminal. From there, you will walk about 200 metres up Zeyerova (Zeyer) Street and T. G. Masaryk Avenue to the monument.
History of the monument
The monument of the first President of Czechoslovakia, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, by academic sculptor Jan Kotek from Karlovy Vary, was installed in 2007 in front of Glass Palace at the corner of T. G. Masaryk Avenue and Dr. David Becher Street in the city centre. The monument commemorates the President's eight stays at the spa between the years 1923 and 1933.
The unveiling ceremony took place on 15 September 2007 at the occasion of the anniversary of President Masaryk's death. The monument is a bronze figural, above-life size statue placed on a low granite pedestal with an oval ground plan. President Masaryk's statue is the youngest memorial in Karlovy Vary.