Thursday Thoughts – Vyšehrad cemetery, Prague

The Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul is a neo-Gothic church in Vyšehrad fortress in Prague. It was founded in 1070–1080, and in 2003 the church was elevated to basilica by Pope John Paul II. Behind the church is located a large park and Vyšehrad cemetery, which is the final resting place of more than 600 distinguished Czechs, including the composers Antonín Dvořák and Bedřich Smetana.

I love walking in cemeteries, and today I want to walk this beautiful cemetery again, with you. I found some very special statues and monuments that really caught my attention. Some serene, some rough and some more strange than others. In fact, so strange that I could hardly believe I was in a cemetery.

It is not a big cemetery, but on some stones there were familiar names of famous people. Kaja Saudek was one of the most influential cartoonists in the Czech republic and was called the ”King of Czech comic books”. Dvořák and Smetana both had beautifully. ornamented headstones.

The strange woman statue leaning forward was made by the reputable Czech sculptor Olbram Zoubek. The fallen eagle was spectacular – but who would want it on a grave? I found out that Josef Suk was the grandson of Antonín Dvořák. I loved his beautiful broken violin.

I so enjoyed strolling here again, I hope you did too. This is a very special place indeed, and the church door in the header belongs to this basilica.

I do think the most ”normal” in this cemetery was this lovely lady tending to a grave.

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  1. What an amazing cemetery!!! I, too, love them, but this is the most artistic and beautiful one I’ve ever seen. I’m trying to figure out what the man in the stovepipe hat is made from..It must be the grave of a child. It almost looks like it is standing in water. Do you remember anything about it?

    • Yes, it is in blue glass! It looked even more wonderful backlit but was impossible to photograph from that angle. And yes, more of an art exhibition than a cemetery!

  2. How beautiful it is! My sweetheart taught me to enjoy walking in cemeteries. He loves seeing what plants grow without much care, although this is clearly well-tended. The artwork is exceptional. It made me think of many cemeteries I’ve seen where the monuments had sadly been damaged.

    • So glad you enjoyed the walk, Susan. Indeed a strange and beautiful place it was. And not that many plastic flowers as there usually is. I walked slowly and contemplated for a couple of hours.

  3. Beautiful tour of the cemetery Ann-Christine 🙂. I was at Vysehrad on my first trip but not in the cemetery.
    Side note – I always get this thought always that whatever we do for our dead is actually for us who are living. The ceremonies after the death of someone are to help those grieving deal with the loss with the help of the Faith and community, the beautiful cemeteries so that those living would get the satisfaction that their loved ones are resting in a pretty place. The dead don’t have a care any longer – do they?

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