The Czech National Heritage Association has called a public tender for the
renovation of Karlštejn Castle. The costs of the renovation are estimated
at 104 million crowns.
The Gothic castle, built in 1357 by the Bohemian King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV as a treasury for the crown jewels and other precious royal artefacts, is one of the most visited sites outside the capital.
Renovation works are expected to start in September this year and continue until October 2022. Among the places to be reconstructed will be the Imperial Palace and the Burgrave House. The castle will remain open to the public, although some areas might be temporarily closed.
A number of renovation projects are planned for Prague Castle, one of the
city’s most visited landmarks, the Prague Castle Administration spokesman
told the Czech News Agency on Saturday.
The administration is set to renovate the façade and roof of the left wing of the New Royal Palace and the residence in the Royal Garden. Works will also continue on the Renaissance building of the Supreme Burgrave’s House.
The overall cost of the repairs at Prague castle next year is expected to exceed 300 million crowns. Most of the expenses, around 75 million crowns, will be used to repair the interiors of the residence in the Royal Garden, where the presidents of Czechoslovakia once lived.
The Prague astronomical clock, commonly known as the ‘Orloj’, will reopen in the last week of September after 9 months of reconstruction. The repairs were the first complete dismantling of the clock since the end of the Second World War and the process even revealed some hidden secrets now visible to the public.
Prague City hall has announced a 1.2 billion crown tender on the renovation
of the Průmyslový Palác building on the city’s main fairgrounds. The
left wing of the building was badly damaged by fire in 2008.
In view of the building’s historic value the renovation work will be a copy of the original and will be supervised by conservationists. The building, which dates back to 1891, underwent a major reconstruction in the 1950s. Reconstruction work on the building should start next year.
Renovation work on Prague’s Negrelli viaduct will take longer than
planned. Some of the arches in the historical structure, which serves as a
rail bridge across the Vltava, are in a worse state than originally
believed, representatives of the Railway Infrastructure Administration told
Czech Television on Thursday.
Trains ceased using the structure, which dates back to 1850, in July last year. They were due to return in September 2019 but it now appears that April 2020 is a more likely date.
The National Museum on Prague’s Wenceslas Square has for years been a symbol of the 1968 occupation of Czechoslovakia, with its façade riddled with bullet holes from invading soldiers attacking the building. But there have been suggestions a recent renovation of the façade, set to be unveiled next week, has made the marks barely visible.
Prague City council’s executive committee has backed demolishing the city’s historic Libeň Bridge, a 1928 construction with Cubist elements, rather than opt for renovation. If the plan goes ahead, a new bridge will be built in its place. Proponents argue that saving the original would be almost costly as building a new bridge and will require less maintenance moving forward.
The centre of Prague will see the opening of a unique but temporary open air market introduced on plots of land across from the city’s Masaryk train station and Prague’s Florenc. Named Manifesto, the market will consist of some 20 transport containers specially-modified as design boutiques, bookshops, street food stalls and more.
The restoration of Prague’s Rašínovo nábřeží embankment along the
Vltava River gets underway on Monday. The project will mainly concern the
renovation of 12 rooms set into the stone embankment walls, which will be
turned into cafes, galleries and public toilets.
The renovation work will also include placing new benches and waste containers along the riverside walk and new infrastructure that will enable the facilities to operate.
Prague City Hall plans to renovate all of the city’s embankments by the year 2020. The whole project is expected to cost around 225 million crowns. The renovation works at the Rašínovo nábřeží embankment should end by November at the latest.
The restoration of Prague’s Rašínovo nábřeží embankment along the Vltava River, originally meant to have started in the autumn last year, will begin in mid-April, the daily Mladá Fronta Dnes reported on Monday. The waterfront on the opposite side of the river in the district of Smíchov is also set to undergo renovation.