Legends and Ghosts
Mythical Vyšehrad is one of my favorite places in Prague. The mysterious and magical landmark was a fortress in the mid-10th century. The complex is associated with the legends and ghosts of Czech history.
Vyšehrad spreads out on a high rocky promontory overlooking the Vltava River where views of Prague take your breath away! The surrounding park has a special pull for visitors. Its many treasures include:
- Romanesque Rotunda of St. Martin
- Neo-Gothic Church of Saints Peter and Paul
- National cemetery, Slavín Mausoleum
- Baroque statue casements from the Charles Bridge
Hourly, the sound of bells from the basilica fills the Vyšehrad district – it’s beautiful. The church is 900 years old but the structure has undergone several changes. I spent time inside the basilica admiring the elaborate ceiling, stained glass, and Art Nouveau wall paintings. Dim lighting made taking clear photographs difficult.
Slavin Cemetery is the burial-place of some of the most important Czech cultural and scientific figures. There are interesting gravestones and elaborate tomb sculptures. It’s the resting place of such Czech luminaries as classical composers Antonín Dvořák and Bedřich Smetana, and writer Karel Čapek.
Smetana’s The Moldau (Vltava in German) “evokes the flow of the Vltava River from its source in the mountains of the Bohemian Forest, through the Czech countryside, to the city of Prague. A devoutly patriotic work, The Moldau captures in music Smetana’s love of his homeland”.
It was an interesting day enjoying this very special place! Some photos are attached.