Famous but abandoned.  You can adopt hundreds of neglected graves of famous people
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“The grave adoption project aims to preserve and save the graves of important personalities as well as important works of art in the cemetery,” explains Šárka Těšíková from the Administration of Prague Cemeteries, which is in charge of adoptions.

The adoptive tenant takes care of the finances first and pays for the rent of the place that has been abandoned for years. “The minimum amount of rent is 7,200 crowns for ten years. The tenant is then obliged to take care of the grave, if it is in bad condition, to repair it,” Těšíková describes.

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Adoption helps to save the graves of important personalities.

“The Cemetery Administration manages thirty-two Prague cemeteries, and adoption takes place in all of them. Currently, we have 510 graves included in this project, of which 285 are adopted,” he adds the exact numbers.

The list is growing gradually as people draw attention to more and more famous personalities who lie forgotten in cemeteries.

Patrons helped to restore to their lost glory, for example, the tombstone of writer Václav Kliment Klicpera, journalist Karel Havlíček Borovský, doctor Josef Podlipský or painter Mikoláš Alš. A list of all is available at adoption website.

Candles and wreaths fill cemeteries, people also remember famous personalities

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“Graves are mainly adopted by natural persons, we even have one tenant here who has already adopted fifteen graves. There are also municipalities, associations, but also companies,” says Těšíková, adding that a public collection was also launched to save some monuments.

Currently, the last adoption is the grave of football player Václav Pilát. “Football players will certainly know him as the father of the ‘Czech alley’.” AC Sparta Prague, for which Pilát played, is the adoptive tenant,” adds Těšíková.

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The well-known tombstone of the Klenk sisters is taken care of by the Prague 3 town hall.

The City Hall of Prague 3 also joined the project. It gradually adopted four graves, for example that of the Klenk sisters.

“This gravestone is known for the fact that a Žižkov legend from the beginning of the 19th century is connected to it. Sisters František and Antonie Klenkova were playing on a dirt road, they were run over by a Forman truck and tragically died on the spot,” councilor Pavel Křeček tells the story of the girls.

“We paid the rent for this grave site for ten years. We are also trying for his restaurant. We bring flowers and candles here. It is a much-visited grave site,” concludes Křeček.

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