This hospital-like room, inside the Vitkov National Memorial in Prague, is part of communism’s hoary tradition of maintaining the cult of the leader. Klement Gottwald, leader of the Communist party of what was then Czechoslovakia, died in 1953 and his embalmed body was kept in this room and thousands of people came to see the body for the nine years that it was kept there.
The Memorial’s delightfully propagandist brochure tells you that he eventually had to be cremated due to “political reasons” when in fact, some accounts speak of a botched embalming leading to the body putrefying in full public view. The Vitkov National Memorial in Prague is a place that most locals avoid and most tourists can’t find. But for anyone interested in the mad, mad world of communism, Vitkov Hill is not to be missed… Other benefits include some amazing views over Prague.