Address: Vinohradská 217, Praha 10-Vinohrady
Architects: Alois Mezera
The largest crematorium in Europe owes its foundation to Prague’s first mayor Karel Baxa, who intensely promoted the idea of cremating the deceased. During the period of the First Czechoslovak Republic, cremation became a symbol of departure from the traditional Austrian monarchy. The crematorium in Strašnice was built in the spirit of Constructivism; its construction followed a project competing in a public architecture contest. One of the ceremony halls even takes its name after Baxa. During the country’s period of Nazi dictatorship and later communist totalism, the crematorium played a sad role because it was where thousands of victims of fabricated trials, secret executions and police torture were burned. This year, the building celebrates 90 years since the beginning of its construction, and you will have a unique opportunity to take a look inside into technological background and get to know a bit more about what happens with a deceased person after they pass away.