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Vysehrad: Rotunda of St. Martin
Another rotunda, very similar to the one in Stare Mesto. This one dates from the 11th century and is the oldest building in Vysehrad. It was quite heavily renovated in the 19th century but still looks very Romanesque.
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Vysehrad is an area down river a bit that provides excellent views over the Vltava. Vysehrad means 'high castle' and that is exactly what this place is, a high castle on the right bank that was once home to King Vratislav II (11th century). The oldest building is the St. Martin's Rotunda, pictured here, which is almost a thousand years old.
Vysehrad is an old fortress most notable I think for its spectaular views from the ramparts across the city and the Vltava and the church of SS Peter & Paul which has many notable Czechs buried in its cemetary including the composers Smetana and Dvorak.
Its well signposted from the metro station and is free to walk around the grounds and cemetery.
history and restaurant
If you like to join knowledge and pleasure you have to visit Vysehrad. It is a historical area and the gothic cathedral is located there. It is magic place and the cemetary of important people of the Czech history contribute to this. Beautiful view from walls is another reason why visit this place. When you are satisfy with history take a rest in garden restaurant called "na hradbach" (at the walls) where you can continue looking at the city and tasting a well cold beer.
The real sculptures of Charles bridge
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.
The history of Vysehrad Fortress dates back to some time around the 10th century. The fortress is dominated by the twin-towered, neo gothic Basilica of St. Peter and St Paul.
Next to the basilica, the Vysehrad cemetery with many interesting tombs can be found. Among others, also the famous Czech composer Antonin Dvorak has his final resting place here.
Beside many other historic buildings, the 17th century Leopold Gate and the Romanesque St. Martin's Rotunda are well worth seeing in the fortress grounds. The latter one is said to be one of the oldest surving structures of Prague.
Vysehard Fortress is located about 3 km south of Prague's city centre. It stands on a small hill at the river Vltava. The neareast metro station is "Vysehrad (line C).
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This first castle of Prague is a bit outside of the main city center, and so it's less crowded with tourists.
From the viewing places on top of the Vysehrad rock you get some other impressions of the city and of the surroundings of Prague.
This is the look to the west!
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On a rock over the river Vltava, this is the ancient seat of the Premyslide princes. The oldest building there is the rotunda of St. Martin. In the vicinity of St. Peter and Paul's Church is a residence for canons, casemates, a park, and a cemetery called Slavin containing tombs of famous representatives of Czech culture. From the south part of the fortifications one has a beautiful view of Prague. The Vysehrad site is opened the whole day.
April - October 9.30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
November - March 9.30 a.m. - 5. p.m.
Vyséhrad - ancient legends situate the original seat of the chzech princes - the legendary Princess LIbuse and the first Przemyslides - on this hill. In fact, however, this fort had not been founded until the Prague castle was already in existence, since it dates back to the mid - 10 century. In the latter half of the 11th and in the 12 century Vysherad used to be the Przemyslides princes main residence which brought about a generous building activity wthin its walls. Among noteworthy sights there are the precious romanesque rotunda of St. Martin, the gothic church of St. Peter and Paul (in the late 19th century rebuilt in the neo-gothic style), the Vysherad cemetry (picture) used as a burial site of the Chzech outstanding personalities since 1869 with a collective tomb called Slavin, the underground casemates housing the originals of several baroque statues from the Charles Bridge. The Vysherad site is open the whole day.
Views from Vysehrad Castle
Our second destination for sightseeing.
This hill is the historical beginning of Prague.
Vysehrad means, verbally, high castle. This name suits a distant and noble site, overlooking the busy and vibrant town.
Not much left here from old days when princess Libuse stood on a cliff and imagined the future developed Prague.
Nice castle area with gardens and interesting features. Especially The Church of St Peter and Paul. This must be the most amazing church that we have visited. The interior is beautiful and the wall paintings are original and intact.
Vysehrad - the gardens and the views
Aside from visiting the church, spend time in the gardens. I did lay down on the bench near the the church and listened to the ringing of the bells. And later, I went to the gardens at the back of the church and took a nap. It was very nice. Birds singing, fresh air, green grass and lots of trees that provide shades. It was heavenly!
Vysehrad - enjoy the beer and sausages!
While up there, you won't really think of going down to look for a restaurant to have a fine meal. I am glad that I thought of just going to one of the few stalls in there. When one is tired and one gets to have a beer and sausage for almost nothing (was cheap, I thought) and gets to enjoy them while in the middle of the gardens, one can say that the day is just fantastic!
Monumental Sculptural Groupings
“I see a great castle whose glory will reach to heaven; it is located in a deep forest, bounded by the waves of the Vltava. You will find there a man who is digging out a threshold. And because even the great noblemen must bow low before a threshold, you shall give it the name Praha.”
— Princess Libuse, wife of the founder of the Premyslid Dynasty, her prophetic vision of the greatness of Prague and its Castle
LEGENDS IN STONE The four stone sculptural groupings of Josef Vaclav Myslbek (1843-1922) depict mythological figures that are part of Czech cultural tradition; today they are located in the park near the Church of Saints Peter and Paul.
Carved between 1881 and 1895, these monumental works of art are the result of a competition, held by the City of Prague in 1881, to create decorative elements to stand at either end of Palackeho most, Palacky Bridge, which crosses the River Vltava.
Heavily damaged during an air raid on Prague in February 1945, the groupings were brought to Vyšehrad when the bridge was repaired and enlarged in 1947.
One of the most well known works is that of Princess Libuse and Premysi, her ploughman-turned-prince husband (see photo #1).
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Vishehrad : bastions
Vishehrad is the second castle of Prague, situated south of the Hrad, on a hill that dominates Vltava river.
It was built in X century, and at the beginning it was the residence of the king and his court....
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