"St Martin's Rotunda (I&V)" Vysehrad Tip by Zvrlj

Vysehrad, Prague: 63 reviews and 128 photos

  St Martin's rotunda
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  • St Martin's rotunda portal - Prague
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St Martin's Rotunda is probably the oldest surviving rotunda in Prague. It was built in Romanesque style around 1100. During Hussite Wars, in 1420 the rotunda was damaged and looted, and in 1523 suffered a fire. During Thirty Years' War it was used as gunpowder store. In early 18th century it was repaired, but only to be severely damaged by the Prussian bombardment of Prague in 1757. In 1780s rotunda was closed by Joseph II, serving until 1850 as a storeroom and later a house for the needy. Its present appearance is result of restorations undertaken from 1878 to 1880 to plans by the architect Antonin Baum. Pseudo-Romanesque portal on the south side of rotunda dates to these restorations. The last major repairs of rotunda were made in 1991.

St Martin's Rotunda is occasionally used as burial chapel nowadays.

Directions: St Martin's Rotunda is located in Vysehrad hill, near the Leopold Gate.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 16, 2007
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