New cultural landmarks named

Lucerna Palace is among the sites listed by the Culture Ministry

The government approved 15 new cultural landmarks in the Czech Republic. Lucerna Palace on Wenceslas Square is among them, as is Invalidovna, the Ďáblice Cemetery and Brandýs nad Labem chateau. Culture Minister Daniel Herman (KDU-ČSL) made the announcement over Twitter.

Lucerna Palace (Palác Lucerna) was built between 1907 and '21 and was designed by Stanislav Bechyně. The project engineer was Vácslav Havel, grandfather of Czech president Václav Havel. It was the first reinforced concrete structure in Prague. The ballroom was originally intended to be a hockey rink. The building has Art Nouveau and modern design elements.

Invalidovna was built in 1731–37 by architect Kilián Ignác Dienzenhofer for injured veterans. Only one-ninth of the building was completed. The last soldiers left in 1935 and after that the building used as a military archive until 2002 when it was damaged by flooding. Since then it has been awaiting renovation. The government unsuccessfully tried to sell it in 2016. It is being maintained by the National Heritage Institute (NPÚ). The building appears briefly in the 1984 film Amadeus.

Ďáblice Cemetery (Ďáblický hřbitov) was built between 1912 and '14 in the Cubist style, and covers 29 hectares It is Prague's second-largest cemetery after Olšanské hřbitovy. Ďáblice Cemetery has sections for Yugoslav and Italian partisans from World War II, victims of the Prague Uprising and victims of communism. Some of the paratroopers who assassinated acting Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich are buried there, among other people from the resistance movement.

The Brandýs nad Labem chateau in Central Bohemia dates to the 15th century and had its last major renovation in the 19th century. It occasionally served as an imperial residence and now is open to the public for tours.

Some of the new landmarks are examples of modern architecture. Wenke department store (Wenkeův obchodní dům) is now the Municipal Museum in Jaroměř in the Hradec Králové district. It was designed by Josef Gočár, one of the most significant modern architects in Bohemia, and built in 1909–11. In Prague, Gočár's most famous building is the House of the Black Madonna.

The full list of landmarks is: the Central Machine Industry School in Mladá Boleslav, Municipal Museum (Wenke department store) in Jaroměř, Hydroelectric plant in Poděbrady, Municipal Theater in Ústí nad Orlicí, the crematorium in Nymburk. Sokol Hall in Rakovník, the crematorium and columbarium at the Central Cemetery in Brno, the Chamber of Commerce in Opava, Falc castle in Cheb, the water canal in Blatná, Ďáblice cemetery with a memorial for political prisoners in Prague, Invalidovna in Prague, chateau and park in Brandýs nad Labem, Lucerna Palace in Prague, and Louka monastery near Znojmo.

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