"Libussa's Vision" Prague by yooperprof

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Honored, noble, and respected. . .

In the good old days, the beautiful Princess Libussa was wondrously blessed with the gift of prophecy. She was the granddaughter of the patriarch Czech, who had settled his people in the mystic and fertile valley of the Vltava. For a while, Princess Libussa had actually been ruler of the tribe, but ultimately she had married the cunning plowman Premysl. On a beautiful summer evening - not unlike the evenings I experienced in the summer of 2003 - Princess Libussa, her spouse Premysl, and the elders of the tribe gathered on a high bluff overlooking the Vltava. Libussa was suddenly seized with a vision of the future: "I foresee a great city whose fame will touch the stars! Just as princes and brave soldiers bow their heads when they cross the threshold of a house [in Czech, "prah"], so will they bow their heads to my city. It will be honored, noble and respected by all the world."

The Castle: Seat of Power

Alas, the good old days did not last. They never do, do they? A terrible civil war broke out between Princess Libussa's female retainers and the male partisans of Premysl. The maidens put up a strong fight; many men were killed in battle - or in bed! But ultimately, Premysl's forces gained the upper hand, and the women's army was crushed. Libussa's vision seemed unattainable.

"The past" isn't past here. . .

How interesting that Prague's Castle contains its Cathedral! The sacred symbols of church and state - and of nation - are conjoined on this hilltop in an amazing and unforgettable manner. Prague's peculiar and powerful charm stems from the way in which the beliefs and values of the past have been institutionalized in art and architecture, woven into a dense urban fabric that overwhelms the senses of the visitor. "The past" isn't past here - it remains part of the present, and helps to shape the future. Libussa's vision is being realized in the twenty-first century.

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  • Last visit to Prague: Jul 2003
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  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2006 at 3:08 PM

    Prague has such great architecture and interesting history--you must have loved visiting!!

  • chbuchie's Profile Photo
    Nov 29, 2005 at 9:03 AM

    what a great town indeed, good photos mate !!

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2005 at 11:04 PM

    I must've been lucky. No one was pushed out a window when I was in Prague...LOL

  • jamiesno's Profile Photo
    Dec 18, 2004 at 4:04 PM

    It's funny how everyone looks at that silly clock, LOL. When I get to Prague I guess I'll just star up at it too :-) Your picture of Prague are beautiful. If all goes well I am hoping to see it for the first time in September! Cheers from Labrador!

  • hslowe's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2004 at 4:52 AM

    EXCELLENT Prague pages.

  • marinas's Profile Photo
    Sep 19, 2004 at 6:56 AM

    Great pictures of Prague:)

  • m-joy's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2004 at 11:56 PM

    Thanks for visiting my Berlin page. This is my next destination and you give some brilliant tips. Great. ;-)

  • Jul 26, 2004 at 4:06 PM

    Chet, I still owe you a reply. Have a great day. It's been raining all day in Molde.

  • zrim's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2004 at 12:17 PM

    Great stuff, Chet. I especially enjoyed your introduction--a bit of the history prof coming out.

  • mrclay2000's Profile Photo
    Jan 6, 2004 at 6:49 PM

    I trod these same grounds and missed many of these details. Your work is very comprehensive and enjoyable to read.


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