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    Statuary by Josef Vaclav Myslbek (I&V)

    by Zvrlj Updated May 7, 2008

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    The four monumentel sculptures of the mythological figures of Czech history, artwork of Josef Vaclav Myslbek are located in the park near Church of St Peter and St Paul. The sculptures were created in the period between 1881 and 1895, after the competition organized by Prague Municipality in 1881, for decorations to stand on Palackeho most – Palacky Bridge. They were at their supposed location – at the two ends of the bridge until 1947 when they had been transferred to Vysehrad as the bridge had been reconstructed and enlarged (during the air raid on Prague in March 14th 1945 the bridge and the statues had been severely damaged).

    The best known of all four statues – "Premysl & Libuse" is copy carved in 1970. The others are "Slavoj & Zaboj", "Ctirad & Sarka" and "Lumir & Pisen".

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    St Martin's Rotunda (I&V)

    by Zvrlj Updated Jun 16, 2007

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    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.

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    Vysehrad Citadel -History & Views

    by Mikebb Updated Dec 16, 2005

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    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.

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    Vysehrad's amazing Church of Sts Peter and Paul

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Jun 12, 2013

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    Of the many churches in Prague, the Church of Sts Peter and Paul in Vysehrad is easily my favourite and tops my list of crowd-dodging options in Prague! I find it surprising how little is written about it - and indeed the whole of enchanting Vysehrad - which make it one of those less visited gems that so excite me, especially in a city that attracts so many tourists!

    Although there has been a church on this site from the early 11th century, when the Vysehrad citadel was established, it has been remodelled several times over the centuries, most recently at the turn of the 20th century, when the towers were added. The current structure is built in a pleasing Neo Gothic style and is surprisingly small compared to many of the other churches in the city, which gives it a sense of intimacy.

    The outside is delightful, but it is the interior of the church that had me spellbound. Virtually every surface has been covered with colourful Art Nouveau frescoes depicting various saints of local significance (see photos) and the overall effect is breathtaking. As anyone reading my pages will know, I am a huge fan of Art Nouveau/Art Deco, and after days of Baroque interiors, this was like being served the perfect refreshing salad after an unremitting diet of overrich food!

    For those whose tastes run to the more traditional, the church also has an excellent 14th century Gothic painting of the Virgin Mary.

    Just across the path from the church is the fascinating Slavin cemetery where Prague's 'great and good' are buried, which should not be missed. Don't be put off by the sombre function of the place: I found that it had quite an uplifting atmosphere and many of the memorials are works of art in their own right.

    The church is set amid lovely parkland with lots of trees and is a lovely place to while away a few hours, particularly when the weather is hot. There is a vineyard on the slope of the citadel towards the river, and presumably their produce is on the menu at the beer gardens and restaurants where you can seek refreshment for a hard afternoon's tourism ahead!

    Just a note for those with limited mobility. The easiest way to get to Vysehrad is on the metro, but the walk up to the citadel is deceptively long and quite steep, so be sure to allow yourself plenty of time. Otherwise bite the bullet and organise yourself a taxi if you don't think that you'll be up to the climb: once at the top, it's pretty flat.

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    Pay your respects at Vysehrad's Slavin cemetery

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Nov 7, 2012

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    Vysehrad cemetery (also known as Slavin cemetery) is where the great and the good of the Czech Republic are buried. It is a captivating place to spend an hour or so, especially if you combine it with the other delights - such as the exquisite Church of Sts Peter and Paul with its beguiling Art Deco frescoes - that lovely Vysehrad has to offer, in which case you could happily while away half a day up here in an area that I consider to be Prague's best kept secret.

    I have a fascination with cemeteries and whilst I should add I am in no great hurry to take up occupancy in one myself, I think that there's nothing more informative about a society than the way that it honours its dead. The majority of memorials of the Vysehrad cemetery are bursting with individuality and give a fascinating insight into the personalities of the individuals that they commemorate.

    The cemetery is small, and gives an indication of the exclusivity of this piece of Prague real estate - clearly THE place to be seen dead! The cemetery was only opened in 1869, and so the people commemorated are fairly contemporary: famous 'inmates' who are likely to be familiar to non-Czechs include the artist Alfons Mucha, poet Jan Neruda and composers Bedrich Smetana and Antonin Dvorak. I must say that it is fascinating to contrast the memorials of the two composer: Smetana's is simple and low key, whereas Dvorak's (sculpted by the Art Nouveau sculptor Ladislav Saloun, who is also responsible for the Jan Hus statue) is a beautifully crafted study in ostentatiousness and completely the other end of the spectrum!

    If you're in Prague on 12 May (the anniversary of Smetana's death), try to catch the procession from his grave to the Municipal House which follows the route of his funeral procession and marks the traditional start to the Prague Spring Music Festival.

    I visited this graveyard in summertime, and it was lovely: however, I imagine that this graveyard would be at its absolute best on a bright crisp winter day with a light dusting of snow (and you wrapped up warmly in thermals) ... if you're lucky enough to see it this way, please send me a photo!

    Just a note for those with limited mobility. The easiest way to get to Vysehrad is on the metro, but the walk up to the citadel is deceptively long and quite steep, so be sure to allow yourself plenty of time. Otherwise bite the bullet and organise yourself a taxi if you don't think that you'll be up to the climb: once at the top, it's pretty flat.

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    Rotunda of St Martin at Vysehrad

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Jun 12, 2013

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    Rotunda of St Martin, Vyserhad

    This picturesque stone rotunda dates back to the 11th century, and is the only surviving Romanesque structure of the original Vysehrad fortress. It is one of the oldest buildings in Prague, and has undergone extensive reconstruction, including the repair of damage incurred as a result of a cannonball strike during an onslaught by invading Prussian forces.

    The building has somewhat of a chequered history, having first served as a parish church, then a storage facility for gunpowder before being returned to its original purpose. Today it is a chapel, but - unfortunately for the tourist - is unfortunately only open during services.

    Just a note for those with limited mobility. The easiest way to get to Vysehrad is on the metro, but the walk up to the citadel is deceptively long and quite steep, so be sure to allow yourself plenty of time. Otherwise bite the bullet and organise yourself a taxi if you don't think that you'll be up to the climb: once at the top, it's pretty flat.

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    Cathedral of Ss Peter & Paul

    by alancollins Updated Aug 20, 2009

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    The twin spires of the Cathedral of Ss Peter & Paul are an impressive site that can be seen from some distance away. The church was originally built in the 19th century but had to be rebuilt in the 20th century after suffering fire damage.
    Open daily except Tuesdays, 9am - noon and 1pm-5pm.
    Entrance: Adults 10 Czk, Children 5 Czk.

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    Vysehrad

    by alancollins Updated Feb 8, 2007

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    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.

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    Vysehrad

    by swetluska Written Oct 2, 2005

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    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

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    Vysehrad Cemetary

    by Bigs Written May 7, 2004

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    One of the main attractions in Vysehrad sure is the church and the cemetary next to it. Famous Czech people are buried here, as Jan Neruda, Bedrich Smetana and Antonin Dvorak. The cemetary itself is also very beautiful I think. Wandered around the graves for a while and admired the beutiful gravestones.

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    Vysehrad cemetery

    by alancollins Written Feb 9, 2007

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    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

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    Vysehrad Itinerary

    by Carmela71 Updated Mar 20, 2005

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    Vysehrad castle was the first house of the Check Royalty, it is worth a visit through the wonderful Church of St Peter and St Paul, with its incredible decorated doors in neo gothic style.

    Walk along the terraces to have a good view of Prague, you can visit also for just a few crowns the foundations of the Basilica of St Lawrence, see the statues along the park, and just next to the church the cemetery where some famous people are buried.

    The snow and emptiness gave it an special look, I am sure I would have not feel the same if I had seen on a sunny day full of tourists.

    We go off of underground “Vysehrad” we will see Corinthia Towers hotel at our left, but we take the exit at the righ in direction to the castle.

    Walk along the terrace till Bucance street, till Tabor Gate. From here follow Pevnoski street till the entrance to the fortifications at Leopold gate.

    It is very well signed, so no worries : -)

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    Sts Peter and Paul Church

    by Raimix Updated Jan 27, 2010

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    This church was one of churches that I haven’t got opportunity to visit inside. Church os St. Peter and St. Paul have roots from 11th century, when Visehrad was the main location to Czech Royal families (for example, Vratislav II).

    The Church is quite high, looks a bit like a copy of St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague Castle, just Vysegrad’s church is much younger, dated back to 1895, Neo-Gothic style. There is cemetery of famous Czechs around.

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    Vysehrad

    by Travelchili Updated Mar 30, 2003

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    Vysehrad, the so-called birth place of Prague is one of the most beutiful areas to visit.

    The main attraction is the famous Church of St. Peter and Paul. It is situated on the top of a hill and you can easily spot it from the Castle area.

    This picture is taken from one of the decorations by the front entrance to this church.

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    Something's not to be missed

    by dhina Written Aug 23, 2005

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    St. Peter & St. Paul church @ Vysehrad

    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.

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