Palác Lucerna Named a Czech National Cultural Monument

Palác Lucerna Named a Czech National Cultural Monument

Culture Minister Daniel Herman (KDU-CSL) announced this week via Twitter that the Czech government has officially endorsed 15 new national cultural heritage sites throughout the country.

Several notable Prague sites appeared on the list including Ďáblice Cemetery, Invalidovna, and Palác Lucerna.

Ďáblice Cemetery is an honorary burial ground where executed and tortured political prisoners and members of the Nazi resistance are interred, many of them in mass graves. It is also notable for its Cubist chapel.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Invalidovna in Karlín (1731-1737) was built as a dormitory for war veterans. Designed by Kilián Ignác Dienzenhofer, its model was the 17th-century Les Invalides in Paris.

The Baroque complex has been used as a filming location for Amadeus as well as other locally-shot productions.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Palác Lucerna is an Art Nouveau building built in the early 20th century by the family of late president Václav Havel.

The elegant arcade houses a series of grand venues including an 108-year-old movie theater, one of the oldest operational cinemas in Europe, and a provocative statue by sculptor David Černý.

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Last spring it opened its rooftop to the public for the first time ever; a community garden is said to be in the works there.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

According to, the announcement means that these particular buildings will be able to draw European subsidies; they will also receive stricter government protection.

There are just over 300 hundred cultural monuments in the Czech Republic.

See here for the entire list of Czech national monuments.

Elizabeth Haas

Elizabeth Haas is the editor of She has lived in Prague for 12 years working as a writer and editor of cookbooks and travel guides. Her work has appeared in both Czech and American publications.

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