The building was originally designed as a memorial to World War I Czechoslovak legions, and then taken over as the resting place for the great and the not very good Communists. Gottwald, for example, was pickled in slivovice and put on display here. Unfortunately the preservation was not wholly successful and the body started to putrefy from the feet up, shocking the odd visiting school party as their national hero literally started to fall apart before their very eyes. His body was returned to his family in 1990 and later buried in the cemetery in Olšanské.
Elsewhere on the hilltop you’ll find one of the largest equestrian statues in the world. The 16.5 ton statue commemorates the Hussite hero, Jan Žižka.