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Stalin may be purged from Prague’s cultural scene due to structural and legal challenges

The base of the former Stalin Memorial at Prague’s Letná park may be shut down due to its poor condition. The popular hangout under the Metronome has had a poor structural evaluation, and the City Council is examining its future. The area is popularly called Stalin, after a statue of the Soviet leader that stood on top from 1955 to 1962. Several city representatives recently visited the structure. “The whole building is very dilapidated. In addition, in connection with the visit, we received the Statics Statement from 2016, which draws attention to specific problems. We asked for an update and expert supplementation, because the three-year-old study is not very complete,” City Councilor Jan Chabr (United Force for Prague) said. Stalin bar in the base of the former statue. via Raymond Johnston City management will decide on further action after completion of the report and, if necessary, close the space so no accidents occur. Prague 7 Mayor Jan Čižinský (Prague 7 sobě) confirmed that the city had asked the relevant building office in the district for cooperation. “We searched for monument’s design plans in the archives and handed them over to the Klokner Institute of the Czech Technical University (ČVUT), which…

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Two new UNESCO World Heritage Sites named in the Czech Republic
Kladruber horses at in Kladruby. via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0

Two new UNESCO World Heritage Sites named in the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic has two new UNESCO World Heritage Sites, bringing the country’s total to 14. The World Heritage Committee at its meeting in Baku decided to inscribe the Erzgebirge / Krušnohoří Mining Region and the Landscape for Breeding and Training of Ceremonial Carriage Horses at Kladruby nad Labem. They are the first new sites in the Czech Republic since 2003. The Erzgebirge / Krušnohoří Mining Region spans part of southeastern Germany and northwestern Czech Republic, and is rich in metal ore exploited through mining from the Middle Ages onward, UNESCO said. The Krušné hory mountains are sometimes called the Ore Mountains in English. “The region became the most important source of silver ore in Europe from 1460 to 1560 and was the trigger for technological innovations. Tin was historically the second metal to be extracted and processed at the site. At the end of the 19th century, the region became a major global producer of uranium,” UNESCO said in its description. The proposal for the registration of this area was made jointly by the Czech Republic and the Saxony region of Germany. Cooperation on the project goes back to 1998. “The cultural landscape of the Ore Mountains has been…

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