Prague City Council approved a request by Prague 8 district to acquire a former cemetery in Bohnice from the state without a financial consideration. The cemetery with an area of more than 25 thousand m2 should receive regular maintenance and better security which will prevent trespassing and illegal waste disposal.
“The area is in a deplorable condition and the state does not need it. There have been cases of trespassing and illegal waste disposal. The local authority is interested in acquiring the land and is committed to maintaining it in a good shape, which I appreciate. Although it is a former cemetery, it deserves due care,” notes City Councilor Jan Chabr.
“I believe that after the transfer, the long abandoned Bohnice cemetery will receive regular maintenance to preserve its unique ambience. Although it has not been used for burials for many years, it still is a sacred place and should be treated as such,” says Milena Johnová, City Councilor responsible for the social policy and healthcare agenda.
The historic cemetery in Bohnice, which is to change ownership, no longer serves its original purpose. It used to be part of the Bohnice Mental Asylum, now Psychiatric Hospital in Bohnice. The cemetery is located west of the hospital premises, in close vicinity to an allotment garden, an animal cemetery, and natural reserve Bohnice Valley.