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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Another castle visit - Vysehrad...

The upcoming family visits has been an incentive for us to see some of the local sites that we haven't gotten around to seeing before. Last week was Karlstejn castle and yesterday it was Vysehrad. Vysehrad is a castle within the city, and it's only two metro stops from my office on Wenceslas Square. I didn't know that or I would have recommended it to Styopa while he was here.

Part of the cemetery. It contains over 600 graves of the more famous and influencial Czechs.

Here is some information from Wikipedia:

Vyšehrad 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 Vyšehrad cemetery, containing the remains of many famous people from Czech history.

Vyšehrad 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.

When the Přemyslid dynasty settled on the current site of Prague Castle, the two castles maintained opposing spheres of influence for approximately two centuries. When Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV began to build the Prague Castle in its current dimensions (in the early 14th century), Vyšehrad was abandoned as a royal home.

At the beginning of the Hussite Wars, it was captured by the Hussites.

It underwent a renovation in the 17th century, when the Habsburg Monarchy took over the Czech lands after the Thirty Years' War and became a training center for the Austrian Army. It was also incorporated into the Baroque era city walls around Prague.

We had a good time, especially because it is so close to home. Kathy liked it better than Karlstejn (although I prefer Karlstejn). Still, it definitely worth a visit. Also, since entrance to the grounds is free, it is a cheap way to spend a few hours. The cost to get into the beautiful church is just 30 crowns (about $1.50).

One of the beautiful mosaic doors on the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. Also, a view from the rampart looking south (upstream) on the Vlatava River.

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