Top Secret Nuclear Shelter Opens to Public

Top Secret Nuclear Shelter Opens to Public

Last Thursday in Brno saw the opening of Shelter 10-Z, a former nuclear fallout shelter, supposedly resistant to weapons of mass destruction, with space for a total of 500 people to be housed for up to three days.

Photo: Cover 10-Z / Facebook
Photo: Cover 10-Z / Facebook



The former bomb and then fallout shelter was long kept secret and fell into disrepair after the revolution, but now offers an interesting insight into a difficult past, reports Novinky.cz.

10-Z is the code name for what is considered the most highly classified nuclear fallout shelter from the Communist era (1959), designed to protect the political elite of the region.

Photo: Cover 10-Z / Facebook
Photo: Cover 10-Z / Facebook

It was built during the Nazi occupation as a civil defense shelter from the American and Soviet bombardment of Brno. Public access to 10-Z has been made possible by NGO the American Fund.

Photo: Cover 10-Z / Facebook
Photo: Cover 10-Z / Facebook

The building houses well-preserved original equipment such as a diesel generator used for the whole shelter, air filtration devices, which are still functional, and PBX system.

Photo: Cover 10-Z / Facebook
Photo: Cover 10-Z / Facebook

An interactive exhibit allows visitors to the 500 meter tunnel to play code-breaking games, while bizarre black-and-white post-apocalypse videos play on a loop from a vintage television.

Photo: Cover 10-Z / Facebook
Photo: Cover 10-Z / Facebook

The space also features a retro-themed bar and will also serve as a cultural center for performances and exhibitions.


Elizabeth Haas

Elizabeth Haas is the editor of Expats.cz. 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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