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"Rotunda of sv. Martin" Vysehrad Tip by hundwalder

Vysehrad, Prague: 46 reviews and 75 photos

  Rotunda sv. Martin rear view
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  • Rotunda sv. Martin rear view - Prague
      Rotunda sv. Martin rear view
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  • Front view and entrance of rotunda - Prague
      Front view and entrance of rotunda
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Vysehrad ( high castle ) is the first part of Prague settled. About 100 meters inside of the main gate of Vysehrad complex, stands the Rotunda of sv. Martin, which is the oldest intact church, and one of the oldest structures of any kind in Prague. Although dates are not certain, it is believed that the rotunda was already under construction 1000 years ago today. The architecture is typical of Romanesque era rotundas in central Europe. It is primarily built of mortared rock with only a few timbered roof beams. The narrow capital contains double arched Romanesque windows, with the other windows being single arched. The rotunda is small, and contains only a single low capacity chapel. A cylindrical choir is attached to the side. Photo #1 is a rear view of the rotunda. Photo #2 is a front view showing the great wooden entrance.

Nowadays the chapel is primarily used for the private funeral services of those to be interred at the nearby cathedral cemetary. The chapel is normally closed but the rotunda can still be enjoyed greatley from the outside. Visit the rotunda and most of Vysehrad complex free of charge. The rotunda is situated in a pleasant park setting which is the most beautiful in mid to late April, as shown in the photos. A lot of restorative work has been done on this ancient church over the centuries. After all the forces of nature take a great toll on even the best built structures over a millenium. However, this unforgetable rotunda can still be regarded as the genuine article.

See my other Vysehrad tips for directions and transportation.

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  • Updated Jul 8, 2006
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