Sunday, February 23, 2014

Husův sbor / Hus' house, Vinohrady, Prague

Near the end of our stay in Prague I came across this interesting Hussite columbarium in the Vinohrady area of Prague. I wasn't familiar with the term columbarium, which is an indoor graveyard of sorts for cremated remains. The Hus' House (Vinohrady) Wikipedia page and Prague city website page about it have interesting history to read.

First let's look at the outside:

The plaque below reads:

V květové revoluci 1945, kdy budova Čs. rozhlasu byla poškozena, vysílal pražský rozhlas z budovy zdejšího husova sboru ve dnech 7.-9. května zprávy o postupu spojeneckých armád, volání o pomoc bojující Praze.

Památník znázorňuje génia povstání s plamenným mečem revoluce.

Z vděčnosti Bohu a na věčnou paměť připomíná náboženská obec CČSH (Církev československá husitská) zde v Praze-Vinohradech.

Which Google Translate plus some manual corrections gives as:

In the May revolution of 1945, when the Czechoslovak Radio building had been damaged, Prague radio broadcast from the building of the local Hussite Church on 7th-9th May the message of the Allied armies, a cry for help of struggling Prague.

The memorial shows the genius of the rebellion with a flaming sword of revolution.

In gratitude to God and the eternal memory recalls the religious community of the Czechoslovak Hussite Church here in Prague-Vinohrady.

It is dedicated "to those who have gone before" (Těm, kteří nas předešli):

Some of my interior photos are of pretty low quality, taken by cell phone in dim lighting. But it's a really cool place:

Erin went by later to see it with the kids and they were able to see the church too. Here is the chapel:

Here is a short video of the columbarium done by Prague city; the title translates as Largest columbarium in Czechia:

And there is a nice user-controllable panoramic view from the above the church and columbarium here: stovezata.praha.eu.

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