Winter Walks (2) – Vysehrad

Vyšehrad (“higher castle”) is so connected with Czech history and the oldest legends from father Czech coming to Bohemia and settling here to be the place of the last resting place (as we call the cemetery) of famous Czech people. Vyšehrad is located a little bit far from the main touristic attractions, that can be the reason why it is so much loved by Czech people, visiting the place in every season, during day and night and enjoying its quiet space. Visiting beer garden (in summer), jogging, walking dogs or kids.

I visit this place often and in this cold but sunny day I decided to visit it with my camera. But I haven’t made the most popular pictures, just some views from Vyšehrad, and then I oriented more at the cemetery and church.

Vyšehrad is now a fortress, surrounded by walls and couple of entrance gates. The main entrance (Tabor’s gate) is followed by Špička (Top) gate, you will find just part of it, as the original gothic gate is gone now, and what remained is occupied by information center with model of Vyšehrad area. And finally there is the baroque Leopold’s gate to enter the area.

Tennis courts under the bastions and Leopold’s gate

Just behind the gate you will find one of the oldest buildings in Prague, the rotund of St. Martin, three of the remaining rotunds in Prague area.

St Martin’s rotund

I never miss going to the view to the South of Prague, where Podolí quarter is. Silver river is beautiful and unlike the Central area of Prague (around Charles Bridge), the river is quite narrow and deep here. If you have a chance to listen the music composition My Country by Bedrich Smetana, listen (at least) to the part which is called Vltava, and when you hear the royal fanfare, it means the river enters Prague under Vyšehrad rock.

River coming to Prague from the South

The I walked around Vyšehrad on the rampart with more views and finally there is the view to the Prague Castle.

The rampart walk with the church at the back

One more river with sport island and little port

Prague Castle and the whole city center in one view

St Peter and Paul’s basilica is wonderful piece of architecture, completely rebuild in puristic Gothic style by Josef Mocker at the end of 19 century. Surprisingly the interior is very colorful and decorated in art nouveau style.

Gallery (click on the picture to enlarge it)

After visiting the church I found myself wandering through the cemetery of famous Czech people, finding the names and tombs which I skip the other times, so lot of them were “new” for me as well. I love the cemetery as there you can learn a lot about our history, about our traditions, about our clever people, inventors, musicians, and others. And it is not only about people who are buried there, but also the tombstones itself are art pieces by popular artists, showing who lies underneath.

Gallery – click on the picture to see the full size

From Vyšehrad I descended to the river to make a picture of the less photographed cubist house and the to Náplavka next to the river, which was empty today but for weekend it changes to be the favorite farmers market place.

Gallery – click on the picture to see the full size

Josef Chochol cubist house under Vyšehrad

Náplavka on Vltava river

Náplavka with sauna on the river

Stairs up to the street

Another post about Vysehrad you can find here.

Other Winter Walks you can find on these links:
1. Letná
2. Vyšehrad
3. Vršovice (1)
4. Vršovice (2)
5. Kampa

The series about Night Walks can be found here:
1. Prague Castle

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13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. almeidadepaulo
    Feb 27, 2018 @ 17:50:19

    So beautiful pics Katy!!!

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  2. profundareflexion
    Mar 02, 2018 @ 04:24:59

    Wow! I was there once a long time ago but didn’t know the history! Thank you! You can read one snippet from my second journey to Prague here: http://reflectionsontheriver.wordpress.com/category/travelogue/czech-republic/
    I hope it is not offensive – I heard the story from the local guide.

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    • PragueByKaty
      Mar 02, 2018 @ 07:37:40

      Hi, I have read your story and I really enjoy how it is written :-). I will only add one thing how I feel it: out country changed its names and regimes, but the old Czech Kingdom from 10 cent. and the current Czech Republic are almost the same borders, therefore I do not call our country young, but pretty old :-), thats just how you look at it :-).

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      • profundareflexion
        Mar 02, 2018 @ 12:33:14

        I can understand very well what you are saying as India, my country, has also been through a lot over the centuries but there is something here which has been constant over time in our way of living. I can’t explain it very well though but just feel that.

    • PragueByKaty
      Mar 02, 2018 @ 07:53:29

      I just went tgrough your other posts and I really enjoy it. But now I feel offended, that:
      1: you have visited only Prague and not other places in our beautiful country! or if you did, you haven’t written a word a out it.
      2: you have written just 1 (and only 1!) post a out Prague.
      It really hurts me :-). When you come next time, please visit more and enjoy it, give us a chance 🙂

      And contact me for help of course :-).

      Reply

      • profundareflexion
        Mar 02, 2018 @ 12:27:01

        Thank you so much! I’ve been to Prague twice (after falling in love with the city in the first visit 🙂 ). Will definitely come to see other places. And yes, you are absolutely right – I should have written more about my trips. Will try to remember and write :).

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