A Walk Through Post-Industrial Holešovice

    Christophinvenicecrop
    24 Feb 2016
    Clock 70min      Length2mi
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    Turn Right

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    Please turn right here. Then walk straight down the road, towards that huge building with the glass façade at the end of the street.

    Who on earth is Klement Gottwald, you ask? After the Communists assumed power in 1948, Gottwald took office as Czechoslovak president. He ruled with an iron fist and was responsible for the deaths of many of the Communist regime's opponents.

    After his death in 1953, Gottwald's mummified body was on display for 9 years. It was exhibited in the foundations of a monument that was inspired by Lenin's Mausoleum. If you believe the gleeful rumours, his corpse was embalmed badly, which caused his rapid decay. In reality, however, the body was simply mummified too late after his death. Some body parts like the nose and hands were replaced by props made by the Barrandov Film Studios. But eventually, in 1962, the body had to be cremated.

    Carry on walking straight down the road.

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