Slavin Cemetery, Prague
The other one castle of Prague was located in Vysegrad. Now here some remains of castle left, St. Peter and Paul Church and famous cemetery. This cemetery could be called as burial place (since 1869) for outstanding Czech people – A. Mucha, B. Smetana, A. Dvorak.
Collective tomb, named Slavin, was made in 1890 (Antonin Wiehl), there is placed some original Baroque statues, from Charles Bridge.
Despite it is a bit off the beaten, but I recommend visiting Vysegrad to see territory where first Czech rulers lived from Premyslides dynasty (from middle of 10th century).
Next to SS Peter & Paul Church in Vysehrad is the Slavin Cemetery. The cemetery contains the graves of many notable Czechs including the composers Smetana and Dvorak. There is a map outside so you can find the grave of the person you wish. There are also some very nice arty grave and tomb stones dotted around the cemetery.
The cemetery of Vysehrad isn't just any cemetery; it is the burial ground for many famous and important Czech people. The picture shows the grave of composer Dvorak. His collegue Smetana lies somewhere else on the cemetery. In one impressive common grave, called Slavin, many others were buried, among whom is Alphons Mucha, the famous Czech Jugendstil painter.
The cemetery has been the resting place of many Czech composers, artists, sculptors, writers and intellectuals since 1869.
There are so many cemeteries in Prague and you can say that word beautiful for them but this one is very graceful
As we know that Prague is full of history. one hand you have lovely colourful evening but on the other hand there are plenty of history to see.
Vysehrad Cemetery is one of those places where well known people are resting.
On the left side of the Church of St. Peter and Paul you can spot a nice cemetery. It has been used as a National Cemetery since 1861 and over 600 famous Czech authors, poets, painters, musicians, actors, architects, sculptors and scientists have been buried there.
You can also find a place called Slavin there -- it is a memorial where several people have been buried under the same gravestone.
Though Kafka is buried elsewhere, many (if not most) of the most illustrious Czech masters are buried in the churchyard next to St Peter and Paul. Among others you will find Antonin Dvorak and Bedrich Smetana, two composers whose works are as familiar to me as Sumerian cuneiforms. Nevertheless, this cemetery is a Pantheon of Czech nationalism.
This cemetery in the picture is not one of the beautiful green ones, but this grave is of none other than Smetana! Famous Czech composer.
- 'Cemeteries in Bohemia are like gardens. The graves are covered with grass and colorful flowers. Modest tombstones are lost in the greenery. When the sun goes down, the cemetery sparkles with tiny candles... no matter how brutal life becomes, peace always reigns in the cemetery. Even in wartime, even in Hitler's time, even in Stalin's time...' - (Milan Kundera, 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being')
Not so much in Prague, but in smaller towns, the cemeteries are very very beautiful and almost magical. As a child I loved to accompany my grandmother to tend my grandfather's grave. Arriving in Australia and seeing the dismal cemeteries, I could see why other nationalities could find this odd.