on July 5, 2002
After spending a couple of days in the hectic city center, Vysehrad (the city fortress and park) sounded like a nice place to relax and enjoy a more "local" experience. There were very few tourists and lots of open space to walk around. It was a little rough around the edges (a little run down), but there were several things to see that made it worth the trip (10 minutes by subway). The most memorable site by a long shot was the Slavin cemetery. Next to St. Peter and Paul’s Church (which is quite beautiful but a bit understated compared to the catherdral’s you will see in Prague), you will stumble across the cemetery. At first glance, I didn’t expect that much. Fortunately, I was intrigued by the first set of grave plots and decided to walk in. What I found was amazing. It was the most beautiful cemetery I have ever seen. As I would find out from my Rough Guide to Prague, this cemetery is the final resting place for many of the great Czech intellectuals. Given the large number of artists, writers, composers, etc. it is no surprise that the cemetery has become a work of art in and of its own right. Some famous names that you might recognize include the composers Dvorak and Smetena. The Czech people place such a high value on art and intellectual pursuits that not even the communists were able to get into this cemetery unless they had earned the right on the merits of their intellectual achievements. Have a seat and relax. You will notice many Czech citizens looking for a prominent "resident" of the cemetery. It was ironic that I was able to help many of them find what they were looking for using the information in my guide book.As a side note, the subway trip to the park was a fun, easy experience. It was easy to walk to the park from the subway as well.
As a side note, the subway trip to the park was a fun, easy experience. It was easy to walk to the park from the subway as well.
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