Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Vysehrad Cemetery

Vysehrad Cemetery, which was built in 1869 on the grounds of Vyšehrad Castle in Prague, is the final resting place of many artists, writers, scientists and politicians. It is one of the most famous cemeteries in the Czech Republic and a number of famous Czechs are buried there, including writer Karel Čapek, composers Antonín Dvořák and Bedřich Smetana, and artist Alphonse Mucha.

The cemetery, which has been carefully arranged and designed, also features a map to guide visitors to some of the most famous gravesites. The centerpiece of the cemetery is the Slavin Monument designed by Antonin Wiehl, the communal resting place of over 50 Czech artists and sculptors.

Another famous site is the grave of the Romantic poet Karel Hynek Macha. His headstone was the assembly point in November 1989 for the officially sanctioned demonstration that led to over 50,000 people attempting to march on Wenceslas Square before being stopped in Narodni.

-Heather Tinley, Opera Colorado Marketing Coordinator

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