• June 14, 2018

Vítkov National Monument in Prague

Vítkov National Monument in Prague

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At present, the monument is a museum of modern history with a multimedia exposition. Underground there is an exposition called The Laboratory of Power. The underground space was built in 1950’s as a facility allowing to care about the mummified body of Klement Gottwald. Today, the exposition describes the personality of Klement Gottwald, the deformation of the monument into a mausoleum, but also the communist propaganda and the communist regime of 1950’s in its worst totality.
The monument was built between 1929 and 1938 to honour those who fought for the formation of Czechoslovakia. During the occupation it was used as a storage of military material, after 1948 it was misused for promotion of the communist regime (there was, for example, Gottwald’s mausoleum, a burial ground of important persons of the former political regime and a commemorative hall of the Red Army). The monument also includes the third biggest bronze equestrian statue in the world, a statue of Jan Žižka of Trocnov, and a café with a panoramic view of Prague.