Úvoz 169/6: The Three Axes

‘U tři seker’ (The Three Axes) is one of several houses on this street in Prague’s Castle District to retain their original house signs. This one refers to the story that a carpenter once lived here, although the three axes were also a traditional guild-sign.

The sign has inspired the usual slew of grisly legends, according to one of which a nobleman from nearby Strahov succeeded in preventing his daughter’s marriage to a lowly tradesman by finally striking down her hapless lover with the third of the three axes.