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The public can view the unique exhibition "Technical Monuments of the Elbe-Vltava Waterway", which is taking place in the atrium of Faculty of Civil Engineering in Prague's Dejvice until 10 January 2023. The exposition, including exhibition panels, an interactive model of a waterlock and weir, a large screen with a video projection of the spatial and temporal development of the waterway, a model of the planned Děčín navigation stage and a kiosk with a web application, maps the history and development of the 324-kilometre-long waterway since the beginning of the 19th century. The exhibition is open to the public free of charge on weekdays from 9.00 to 18.00.

The exhibition was created under the guidance of doc. Pavel Fošumpaur from Faculty of Civil Engineering, Department of Hydraulic Engineering, within the project "Documentation and presentation of technical cultural heritage on the Elbe-Vltava Waterway". The exposition is a continuation of the web application Technical Monuments of the Elbe-Vltava Waterway, introduced in 2020.

The exhibition maps the Vltava Waterway from the Slapy Dam to Mělník and the Elbe Waterway from Pardubice to the state border with Germany. In the atrium of Faculty of Civil Engineering, several dozen panels present the map, history and multi-purpose character of this waterway. Visitors will also learn about how the waterway was modernised, how water energy is used here, what public ports can be found on the waterway, and they will also get to know the personalities involved in the creation of the waterway and the buildings on it. A total of 34 water works are described in detail, attention is also paid to the regulatory arrangements on the lower Elbe and children and adults will be interested in a working sample of a water lock.

"The purpose of the exhibition is to draw attention to the existence of a unique set of water works with an exceptional history and social significance and to deepen interest in technical education, which has a deep tradition in our country," says the project leader doc. Pavel Fošumpaur. "Although their basic purpose is to ensure navigation conditions on the waterway, the built set of buildings still serves, according to the original plans, for many other purposes. These include, for example, flood protection, water supply, use of renewable water energy and recreation. A number of objects on the Elbe-Vltava Waterway form part of the national fund of immovable cultural heritage and some objects have the status of cultural monuments," adds doc. Pavel Fošumpaur.

The project also includes a web application Technical Monuments of the Elbe-Vltava Waterway, which was introduced by a team of experts in 2020. The application documents the existing technical historical objects on the waterway and their structural and technological elements and makes them accessible to the public. At the same time, it offers tips on tourist attractions in the rivers' surroundings, presents the temporal development of the waterway's modern adaptations from the late 19th century to the present day in animation, features a glossary of technical terms and offers history enthusiasts a wealth of digitised historical documents, maps and drawings. The app is available at

The exhibition was created within the project Documentation and Presentation of Technical Cultural Heritage on the Elbe-Vltava Waterway with the identification number DG18P02OVV004. The exhibition was realized by the author's collective: doc. Dr. Ing. Pavel Fošumpaur, Ing. Martin Horský, Ph.D., Ing. Tomáš Kašpar, Ph.D., Ing. Martin Králík, Ph.D., Ing. Jitka Kučerová, CSc., Ing. Petra Nešvarová Chvojková, Ph.D. and Ing. Milan Zukal, Ph.D.

The exhibition takes place in the atrium of Faculty of Civil Engineering through 8 November 2022 to 10 January 2023, and is open free of charge on weekdays from 9:00 to 18:00. It will also include guided tours.

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Lidmila Kábrtová