Lany - An original brook from the time of Tomas Garrigue Masaryk, Czechoslovakia´s first president in 1918-35, has been restored in the presidential chateau park in Lany and unveiled today in the presence of President Milos Zeman, his wife and a crowd of visitors.
Prezident republiky Miloš Zeman s manželkou Ivanou otevřel 13. července v zámeckém parku v Lánech na Kladensku obnovený původní potok z časů Tomáše Garrigua Masaryka. ČTK Krumphanzl Michal
Zeman´s predecessor Vaclav Klaus (2003-2013) and his wife also attended the ceremony.
"Water belongs to a landscape, including the water that is falling on us now," Zeman said in an allusion to a shower that made people pull out their umbrellas.
Prague Castle Administration head Ivo Velisek recalled that in the past, the brook formed a division line between the chateau park and the garden used for economic purposes. Later it was abolished and its bed was filled with earth.
Its renewal was proposed to Zeman by Lany residents. It cost 5.9 million crowns.
Tests confirmed that there is drinking water in the brook, Zeman said and he and the invited guests raised their glasses of water to each other.
Velisek said mainly interior of the Lany chateau was restored under Klaus, and the restoration works focus on the chateau surroundings now.
The big Lany park was founded around 1770. Its present shape was markedly influenced by Slovenian architect Josip Plecnik, who was the Presidential Office´s architect in 1920-34.
About 40,000 people annually visit the Lany chateau park, which is open to the public from the Easter to the end of October, Velisek said.