Two Prague Castle buildings being returned to Catholic Church under new deal

14-07-2015

Two buildings at Prague Castle are to be restituted to the Roman Catholic Church. The Mocker Houses and the Saint George’s Convent are being transferred under a memorandum signed last week between President Miloš Zeman and the head of the Czech Catholic Church, Dominik Duka, the former’s spokesman said on Tuesday. Under the deal, the church has committed to renovating the two buildings within five years and dropping its claims to other buildings at Prague Castle. Under a 2012 law, CZK 75 billion in assets seized under the communist regime are being handed back to churches. They are also receiving CZK 60 billion in lieu of properties not being returned.