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Malostranský cemetery - a place still alive

Malostranský cemetery plot as a fascinating intersection of art, culture, aristocracy and business will present an exhibition entitled The Lesser Town Cemetery - Story of forgotten monuments. It is open until November 27 in Prague's Galerie Portheimka. The exhibition is organized on the occasion of the recent renovation and reopening of the breathtaking sights. Its author is historian Paul Fabini and to participate in it as well Lesser Town Cemetery Association and Managing Prague cemeteries.

"We want to introduce Malostranský cemetery as a place still alive and we are very pleased that our generation and defended its claim to its existence," says Alena Lehner, President of the Association Malostranský cemetery. It was this association of enthusiasts in conjunction with historians and districts actively advocated the restoration and his organized here for the public and a number of interesting events approaching its artistic treasures and exciting history. Struggle to save this place also represents the central theme of the exhibition.

It offers excursion into the history of the burial ground dating back already to the second half of the 17th century. Golden era, however, comes a hundred years later, when it became the central cemetery of Prague's left bank. In the first two thirds of the 19th century, the cemetery is the final resting place for members of the aristocracy, prominent clerics, but also many of Prague's patrician families, from whose ranks came the prominent artists, doctors or businessmen. "Besides the tombstones of the poor and middle classes here at this time grow wonderful works excellent Czech sculptors, including Vaclav Prachner, Platzer three generations or brothers Josef and Emanuel Max's, many of which still preserved, "says Alena Lehner. Notables buried and highlights of funereal art has made the place a memorial, which became the subject of many beletristy, poet or painter - a cemetery wrote Jan Neruda, Jakub Arbes, Jiri Karasek of Lvovice or Francis Kožík.

The more surprising fact that since its closure in the mid-80s of the 19th century, the cemetery Malostranský forced to fight for continued existence. In recent years, there was an extensive reconstruction from EU funds and the budget of the Administration of Prague cemeteries. Since the summer of this year is this monument that doubles as a piece of "green lungs" busy Smíchov, once again open to the public.

Walking with surprise and candlelight

The exhibition is also accompanied by other events: on Sunday, the 30th Oct. prepared Society Malostranský cemetery directly at the cemetery Dušičková accompanying program. In the 14 hours that begin with guided walking tours, followed by a small surprise from 15.30. For those interested, we are ready to have a guided walk with candles, which begins in 16 hours. The meeting point is always at the monument to the bishop Thun-Hohenstein at the main gate entrance for all incoming will be free.

Source: tz

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