Kaizlovy Sady Park serves for relaxation and rest, and the adjacent Invalidovna building stands there abandoned and devoid of interest, despite being in sight. The situation will change at least during the Open House Prague festival. Take a look at this unique luxurious building on 19 – 20 May.
Home for war veterans
Invalidovna is one of the oldest buildings in this part of Prague. Its construction began in 1732 to meet the needs of war veterans. The idea was presented by Count Petr Strozzi, who also served in the war and was only too familiar with the suffering of a helpless and injured soldier.
It was originally intended to be a vast complex for 4000 war veterans. After five years, however, the money ran out and construction was suspended. In the early years, 200 people were accommodated year, but in 1874 this number rose to 1400. The luxurious villa also served as the headquarters of the Military Official Archive.
Younger sister of the Paris Invalidovna
The Invalidovna in Karlín was built based on the template of the Hotel des Invalides in Paris, the construction of which began in 1670 at the request of the French “Sun King” Louis XIV. It now hoses an army museum and hospital. The adjacent cemetery of famous French military commanders, where the body of Napoleon Bonaparte rests in peace, is also very popular. While the luxurious Paris Invalidovna is full of life, the Prague building lies empty. For now.
The current technical condition of Invalidovna in Karlín is very poor. Since last year, it has been protected as a natural cultural monument of the Czech Republic. In the future, it is expected to serve as a meeting place for people and a venue for various cultural events.
Unique opportunity to visit the villa in May
For minimally two days this year (19 – 20 May) the doors of Invalidovna will be opened to the public within the Open House Prague project. Visitors will thus be able to view this luxurious work by Kilián Ignác Dietzenhofer from the inside and outside, and admire the beautiful historical project.