In the 1960s, Nikita Khrushchev commissioned the construction of a giant underground bunker near the Czech town of Misov, located southwest of Prague and less than 40 miles from the German border. Some say that the site was such a guarded secret that it is not even known whether nuclear warheads were actually ever placed there, though many have surmised that the bunker was fully operational during the Cold War. However, the Iron Curtain Foundation (ICF), who has transformed this bunker into a Cold War museum, are convinced the depots were used, citing testimony from former Czech and Soviet generals. According to the ICF, tools and equipment found on the site also indicate the facility was in operation. A 170-strong Soviet unit under direct command from Moscow was deployed there permanently.
Inside the bunker, buried under a forest and protected by machine-gun posts, there are thick concrete walls, two pairs of heavy iron gates and four chambers for storing up to 80 nuclear warheads that could be mounted on missiles. A twin bunker sits some 100 meters away[…]
Since then, the Misov bunker [has been] used for storing tonnes of Czechoslovak banknotes which were pulled out of circulation when the country broke up in 1992, and as a storage place for the remains of 4,000 World War II German soldiers.
A picture of Josef Stalin hangs next to a security door.
This door to the bunker weighs 6.5 tons.
A sign banning open fires and smoking
The Soviet star and two doves painted on the bunker’s floor.
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