However, there are other circumstances that are interesting for the narrative, which, for example, the funeral service Goodbye recalls on its website. The first of them is Satanism. It was in the cemetery that forbidden rituals took place, especially in the 1980s. The place did not escape the attention of the police, who arrested the Satanists.
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The funeral service further pointed out that Gavrilo Princip may also be buried here with a certain degree of probability. The man known as the assassin of the heir to the throne in Sarajevo. This was to happen after he died of tuberculosis in the Czech Terezín prison just a few years after the assassination – on April 28, 1918.
Internet Encyclopedia Wikipedia states thisthat there is a grave with his name in Sarajevo, there is an assumption that he was buried three days after his death in an unmarked grave in Bohnice under the supervision of soldiers from the Terezin fortress.
Apparently she is also buried here Otília Vranská. She was brutally murdered in September 1933, her body was then put into two suitcases by the killer and sent by train to Košice and Bratislava. The perpetrator was never caught. The case thus belongs to the most interesting in the entire history of domestic criminology. What’s more, it is even possible that Otília’s murderer is also buried at the Bohnice cemetery.
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On September 14, 1909, the eleven-year-old patient František Janovský was the very first to be buried here. As it states on its website Bohnice Psychiatric Hospital, it was just two days after the cemetery was dedicated. Burials stopped here together with the abolition of the constitutional administration and the church in 1951. The cemetery was then handed over to the Funeral Service of the Capital City of Prague in 1963, which left it abandoned.
Destination of tourists
The Bohnice Cemetery of Fools is also mentioned on various travel forums, which is why you can meet a number of foreigners here when you visit. They also mention their experience on the well-known travel website Tripadvisor.com.
“Scary, but quite beautiful. Almost like the ones in those horror graveyard movies. I didn’t have the chance to see it all, but it was still worth it,” said a member of the Internet travel community with the nickname Azyl, for example.
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For example, a website prague-now.com reminds that the cemetery is the final resting place of patients from the nearby psychiatric hospital, their children who died prematurely, employees of the hospital and also local residents.
And soldiers are also buried here. These are, for example, Italian and Austro-Hungarian soldiers who tried to heal from war trauma here. They suffered especially during the First World War.
The Bohnice cemetery is awaiting revitalization
As we already reported a few months ago, the town hall of the Prague 8 district decided to be sensitive revitalization of the place. “However, nothing will be modernized. Nothing will be paved or signs installed, the spirit of the place would disappear. Some invasive trees will be cut down and nettles will be cut. In the past, this happened on a part-time basis, but after each pruning, it grew back,” explained Martin Šalek, spokesman for Prague 8 at the time.
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Construction surveys were also planned for the ruins of the mortuary and the chapel that had once burned down. It is also being considered that paving would be added to the morgue, so that people could view it from the inside as well.
Maybe it will happen that the place will once again be used for filming a big movie. In 1984, the burying of WA Mozart in a mass grave was filmed in the gloomy backdrop of the Bohnice cemetery as a scene from the film Amadeus by director Miloš Forman.