'Goats of honour' at rooftop reception in Prague

Culture activist decides to have two goats as guests of honour at the opening ceremony of a cafe and rooftop community garden above Prague's famous Lucerna Palace.

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Culture activist Ondrej Kobza brought the pair of goats from a farm run by Dagmar Havlova, the sister-in-law of late President Vaclav Havel, who owns the Lucerna Palace.

Culture activist Ondrej Kobza decided to honour two goats at his rooftop community garden and cafe opening ceremony at the roof of Prague's famous Lucerna Palace.

The two goats are the first beneficiaries of a new push to open up public spaces high above the packed streets of the Czech Republic's crowded capital. (Reuters)

The city-centre’s landmark lower floors hold the Czech Republic's oldest cinema, a theatre, a music venue, restaurants and an ornate shopping arcade. 

Ondrej Kobza has rented a 1,000-square metre space on top of the building completed in 1921 by the grandfather of late President Vaclav Havel. (Reuters)

"I brought the goats ... to have an atmosphere of the farm here, to communicate the idea that roofs should get green," said the project's manager, activist Ondrej Kobza.

Many visitors gathered at the terrace where they captured the moments of the peculiar event and took pictures of the view from the rooftop. (Reuters)

"Our goal is to have a community garden here, so that people could raise tomatoes, for example," added Kobza.

Visitors flocked to take pictures of the 'guests of honour.' (Reuters)

Green roofs offer many benefits to city dwellers and the environment, including energy savings as grass and foliage reduce the penetration of summer heat and limit the escape of heat in winter.

Some visitors also posed for photos with the goats. (Reuters)



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