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Prague Castle offers public tours of Presidential Office premise

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Prague, Nov 10 (CTK) – The Prague Castle will open to people its premises that are the seat of President Milos Zeman and his office and that have been unaccessible to the public so far, the Prague Castle Administration has announced on its website.
The premises will be available within hour-long free excursions designed mainly for schools but also other visitors from among the public.
“The tour will bring them to the premises, most of which are not accessible to the public, not even during the regular free access days,” the organisers write.
In the castle´s southern wing, the visitors will see the former representative apartment of the first Czechoslovak president, Tomas Garrigue Masaryk (1918-35).
In the adjacent rooms, unique archive photos will be displayed to highlight the transformation of the Prague Castle, former royal seat owned by the Austrian ruling Habsburg family, to the presidential seat after the birth of Czechoslovakia in 1918.
Another newly accessible premise will be the cinema room that was built in the 1960s after architect Jaroslav Fragner´s design.
David Sebek, spokesman for the Prague Castle Administration, said it is not known what films were screened in the cinema room in the communist period.
“Most probably, the room hosted pre-censorship screenings in the presence of an ideological commission,” Sebek said.
Under the first post-communist president, Vaclav Havel (1989-2003), the room hosted press conferences and film screenings, Sebek said.
From now on, it will host press conferences of the presidential spokesman Jiri Ovcacek, he added.

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