Vlašská Chapel in the heart of Prague will be open soon again
26 June 2017
„It is an honour for us being through our sponsorship part of something so unique which keeping this cultural heritage for next generations definitely is“, commented Luciano Cirinà, CEO of Generali CEE Holding.
The chapel in Prague’s Karlova Street was closed for two decades, there were several attempts for its restoration, but it was very complicated due to the difficult location in the centre of Prague. The Czech state declared it a historic sight, staying under Italian ownership.The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Czech Ministry of Culture contributed to the current reconstruction the most, supported also by the City of Prague 1, the Greek-Catholic Church and sponsors as Generali CEE Holding.
Luciano Cirinà listening to the music program during the ceremony with Czech violin virtuoso Václav Hudeček and with the major of the City of Prague 1, Oldřich Lomecký (at the end of the seating row).
"We have money for the current reconstruction work," explains Italian Ambassador Aldo Amati, "we would like to gather them for the repairs of altars and other interior accessories," he continued.
Italian Ambassador Aldo Amati during the ceremony in the chapel.
The chapel in Karlova Street is part of the Clementinum and is owned by the Italian state. This unique building was built in the Mannerist style by Italian craftsmen and architects at the turn of 16th and 17th century. Last year the reconstruction of the roof was completed as well as the exteriors including windows, and also restoration of the entry portal with doors and baroque bars were carried out.
Having a look at the photo documentation of the reconstruction. Work under reconstruction still visible in the chapel.