Candles, flowers, a beer bottle or two left outside of Hrádeček in memory of president

Czechs have paid tribute to their late former president not only on St. Wenceslas Square in the Czech capital, but also outside of Hrádeček – the country home Mr Havel loved, where he passed away in his sleep on Sunday. Tributes to Mr Havel outside the cottage include flowers, candles, and even two bottles of Trutnov beer left by someone recalling the years 1974-75, when Mr Havel, persecuted by the former Communist regime, worked as an assistant labourer. The experience inspired Mr Havel in the writing of his famous theatre play The Audience. Candles or flowers left outside have also included messages including “Thank you” and “We won’t forget”.

Author: Jan Velinger