by Gwilym Owen
May 25, 2005
Access is through two gates at either end of the Church of St Peter and St Paul, with the front entrance being at the front of the church, where you will find a map denoting the locations of all the tombs of the most famous people resting within.
Around the western, northern, and some of the eastern outer boundaries of the cemetery is a sort of cloister that houses some of the most impressive tombs and mausoleums I have seen.
In the central part of the cemetery are individual plots, many of which again are incredibly beautiful, and to the east of the cemetery, at the end of a wide avenue, is the Slavin, or Pantheon, a huge tomb built in 1890 and dedicated to the most honoured figures of the country, such as Alfons Mucha, Josef Myslbek, and Bohumil Kafka to name a few.
Also watch out for Antonin Dvorak, Bedrich Smetana, and Jan Neruda.
It may sound macabre, but I truly enjoyed visiting this wonderfully peaceful place, rejoicing at is beauty and the feeling of quiet restful solitude I found here. Being here in winter also helped, as for much of my time here, I was the only person.
For me, this is a far better experience than the tourist commercialism of the Jewish cemetery.
From journal Back in Time in Prague. . .