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Vysehrad

Vyshehrad

Vysehrad, being the birthplace of Prague (it was the site of the original Prague Castle around the 10th century), is appropriately the place where its greatest artists, scribes, musicians and politicians lie buried. Those who find their final resting place at the Vysehrad include: Dvorak, Smetana and Alphons Mucha amongst others. Of interest are elaborate gravestones, mosaics and beautiful flower beds.

The centrepiece of the Vysehrad is the Church of St. Peter and Paul whose blackened shape stands grandly upon the hill overlooking the Vltava River. Every inch of the interior is covered with decorations much like those found on the pages of illuminated manuscripts. It is one of Prague's most beautiful interiors. A small entrance fee is payable to look round.

The gardens surrounding the Vysehrad Church are peaceful and manicured. There are some nice views of the Vltava, a couple of restaurants to visit and some enormous statues depicting figures from Czech Mythology to view. It's a good place to take a morning off and bring a picnic lunch, few areas of Prague are as quiet, green and peaceful.

The Rotunda of St. Martin dating from the 11th century can be viewed a short distance from the church towards the Vysehrad Metro station. It is one of the original Rotundas of the city.



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