St Martin's Rotunda is probably the oldest surviving rotunda in Prague. It was built in Romanesque style around 1100. During Hussite Wars, in 1420 the rotunda was damaged and looted, and in 1523 suffered a fire. During Thirty Years' War it was used as gunpowder store. In early 18th century it was repaired, but only to be severely damaged by the Prussian bombardment of Prague in 1757. In 1780s rotunda was closed by Joseph II, serving until 1850 as a storeroom and later a house for the needy. Its present appearance is result of restorations undertaken from 1878 to 1880 to plans by the architect Antonin Baum. Pseudo-Romanesque portal on the south side of rotunda dates to these restorations. The last major repairs of rotunda were made in 1991.
St Martin's Rotunda is occasionally used as burial chapel nowadays.
When in Vysegrad don't miss the beautiful views of Vltava river from the southern part of the castle. The walk around the castle along the walls is very worth the time. It'll take less then an hour and you'll enjoy many beautiful views of Prague and Vltava
The cemetery in the grounds of the Vysehrad Castle are the final resting place of many composers (Antonin Dvorak), artists, sculptors, those from the world of science & politics and writers. The cemetery is sometimes called the Slavin cemetery and appears it is still in use today
To the south of the new town is Vysehard, with its fortress. This is a place of mystery and where Premsyl Vratislav II, the first Bohemian King built a new palace to get away from his younger who lived in the Hrad. It did not last long and within 50 years the royal family had moved back to Hradcany. What remains today are the ramparts of a later fortress that encompass a park that contains a number of interesting places to visit including the Church of Sts Peter & Paul, Vysehard Cemetery and the Rotunda of St Martin. The forts ramparts give excellent views of the River Vltava, but unlike me try not to choose a misty day.
Established in 1869 on the grounds of Vysehrad Castle in Prague, Czech Republic, the Vysehrad cemetery (Vysehradsky hrbitov in Czech) is the final resting place of many composers, artists, sculptors, writers, and those from the world of science and politics. The centrepiece of the cemetery is the Slavín Monument designed by Antonín Wiehl and the cemetery is sometimes referred to as the Slavín cemetery.
Some of the famous Czechs interred here:
Karel Capek (1890-1938), playwright
Antonín Chittussi (1847-1891), painter
Emmy Destinn (Ema Destinnová, 1878-1930), opera singer
Antonín Dvorak, (1841-1904), composer
Frantisek Hrubín, (1910-1971), writer and poet, friend of Jaroslav Seifert
Jaroslav Heyrovsky (1890-1967), Nobel prize winning founder of polarography
Rafael Kubelík (1914-1996), conductor and composer
Karel Hynek Mácha (1810-1836), romantic poet
Alfons Mucha (1860-1939), painter
Josef Vaclav Myslbek (1848-1922), sculptor
Jan Neruda (1834-1891), poet, writer
Bozena Nemcova (1820-1862), writer, author of the novel "Babicka" (The Grandmother)
Olga Scheinpflugova (1902-1968), actress and wife of Karel Capek
Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884), composer
Max Svabinský (1873-1962), painter
Vysehrad is a castle located in the Czech Republic, built in the 10th century, on a hill over the Vltava River. Situated within the castle is the Cathedral of Saint Paul and Peter, as well as the Vysehrad cemetery, containing the remains of many famous people from Czech history.
Vysehrad and the area around it became part of the capital city, Prague, in 1883. The area is one of the cadastral districts of the city.
A short trip south of the center of Prague, two Metro stops only, is the steep cliff overlooking the River Vltava known as Vysehrad, meaning “castle on the heights.” This area resonates deeply with the Czech people. It’s here that the founders of the Premyslid dynasty, the first to rule Bohemia, resided, and where Princess Libuse prophesied the town’s eternal glory “touching upon the stars.” A 10th century fortress and castle complex covered most of the cliff. Today, it is a great park where Praguers go strolling.
Here can be found the Church of Saints Peter and Paul. It was rebuilt in the neo-Gothic style in the late 19th century on the site of the first church of this name that dated back to the 11th century when it was founded by Prince Vratislav II. The new plan respected the lay out of Emperor Karl IV’s original early 14th century Gothic design.
The church’s interior is decorated in the Art Nouveau style. It’s a refreshing change from the Baroque; and it made this church’s interior my favorite.
The church of St Peter and St. Paul was built and rebuilt along the centuries and finished. Inside there are a good paintings on art nouveau style painted on years 20 by czecs artists.
La iglesia de San Pedro y San Pablo fue construida y reconstruida a lo largo de los siglos y acabó en un remozamiento neogótico de Josef Mocker en la decada de 1.880. El interior en un alucinante viaje de vividos frescos de art nouveau, pintados en los años veinte por diversos artistas checos
One afternoon we went strolling down to the Botanical Gardens which were most enjoyable, we then decided to continue our walk and soon saw the sign to Vysehrad Citadel. After 20 minutes we reached the Citadel which was founded in the 10th century and joined another couple to walk the steep hill to the citadel entrance, our new friend gave us the history of this huge fortress with its very high walls on one side and the extremely high rocky crag rising from the Vltava River. In the old days it housed a small city , but now it has become mostly parklands , retaining many historic buildings, the St Peter & Paul church, Slavin cemetry with magnificent headstones, a very old building from the 12th century which now is the Gallery. There is also an official residence in the centre, i cannot remember who resides there.The fortress walls are worth admiring and a good vantage point for viewing the river and city and taking beautiful photos. Well worth a visit.
Vysehrad was built on a rock over the river Vltava. It is gallery of funerary sculpture, and an expression of Czech artistic development from the second half of the l9th century to the present. It is the final resting place of over 600 personalities from the fields of culture and intellectual endeavour.
Opened daily 9:00 - 17:00
Vysehrad is in the southeast part of Prague and it's a place worth to visit. The nice way to visit it is using metro C and get out at Vysehrad metro station, have a walk around it and take tram 17 in the other end of Vysehrad (that's if you want to go to the city center again). My fave one in Vysehrad is St. Peter and St. Paul church, again the interior is really impressive.
Vyshrad is the old castle in Prague, you will find there a very quiet place with a big park , a cemetery with many famous czech people.
Vyshrad was very close to our hotel (corinthia towers) so we could enjoy this place in the evening and walk back to our hotel.
As you may know, the sculptures on the Charles bridge are actually copies, even it look old, if you want to look for the real one, go to Northern exit of Vyshrad. I guess it is lead to Premyslova. You need to buy entry ticket ( not sure which much ) if you are not satisfy with the copies on the Charles bridge. For me, I am fine with the copies on the bridge.
I am a big fan of sculptures, not matter big or small. Every sculpture has their own story. Here is another one I found in the graveyard. There are about 30-40 sculptures in the yard, take a walk there.
If you really want to find a romantic spot in Prague, well, my top chance is Vysehrad. Although it is a tourist spot, but actually, the tour will not come to here. Go to thte Slavin ( which is the place take I took this photo) , and go to look for the open space with Prague skyline, you sit down with your girlfriend/boyfriend for an hour without much tourist distribute you. This is one of my best spot in Prague.