Olšany Cemetery

Cemetery

Address:
Vinohradská 153
130 00 Prague 3
Czech Republic

Neighborhood: Žižkov

Nearest Subway Stop:  Flora Metro (1506 feet),   Želivského Metro (1911 feet)  

Nearest Tram/Streetcar Stop:  Tram Olsanske hrbitovy (902 feet),   Tram Olsanska (1072 feet),   Tram Olsanska (1079 feet),   Tram Flora (1271 feet),   Tram Mezi Hrbitovy (1470 feet),   Tram Nakladove nadrazi Zizkov (1554 feet),   Tram Zelivskeho (1678 feet),   Tram Nakladove nadrazi Zizkov (1910 feet)  

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Olšany Cemetery (Olšanské hřbitovy in Czech) is the largest graveyard in Prague, Czech Republic.

The cemetery is particularly noted for its many remarkable art nouveau monuments.

Famous burials

Many well known people are buried at Olšany Cemetery including:

Writers, artists, and actors

  • Karel Havlíček Borovský (1821-1856), writer
  • Viktor Dyk (1877-1931), writer and conservative politician
  • Karel Jaromír Erben (1811-1870), writer
  • Václav Kliment Klicpera (1792-1859), playwright
  • Josef Lada (1887-1957), artist and writer
  • Viktor Oliva (1861-1928), artist
  • Antonin Slavicek (1870–1910), painter
  • Ladislav Stroupežnický (1850-1892), playwright
  • Jiří Voskovec (1905-1981), actor and playwright
  • Jan Werich (1905-1980), actor

Politicians

  • Karel Kramář (1860-1937) - politician and first Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia (November 1918 - July 1919)
  • Jan Syrový (1888-1970) - general and Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia during the Munich Crisis (September-December 1938), as well as acting President following the resignation of Edvard Beneš
  • Radola Gajda (1892–1948) - military officer (and eventually general) with the Czechoslovak Legions in World War I and the Russian Civil War; later one of the founders of the fascist (yet anti-German) National Fascist Community and member of the Czechoslovakian Parliament
  • Klement Gottwald (1896-1953) - communist President of Czechoslovakia (1948-1953); his remains were moved to Olšany Cemetery from the Zizkov memorial in 1962

Others

  • Jan Palach (1948-1969) - student who set himself on fire in Wenceslas Square in Prague as a protest against the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia
  • Pavel Roman (1943-1972) - winner of four consecutive titles (1962, 1963, 1964, and 1965) in ice dancing at the World Figure Skating Championships with his sister Eva

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