• Hřbitov Vyšehrad, Vyšehradský hřbitov
  • District: Vyšehrad, located on the river Vltava (Moldau)
  • Address: Hřbitov Vyšehrad Prague

According to ancient legends Vyšehrad Castle is an old seat of a Czech princes. Local settlement was established in the mid-10 th century. Situated on a rocky promontory above the Vltava River. The park area including the Romanesque Rotunda of St Martin, the neo-Gothic Church of St Peter and St Paul Basilica (1903) and the Vysehradsky cemetery. The underground casements house some of the original Baroque statues from the Charles Bridge.

Established in 1869 on the grounds of Vyšehrad Castle is the Vyšehrad cemetery. Adjacent of the church. The final resting place of many composers, artists, sculptors, writers, and those from the world of science and politics.

The centerpiece of the cemetery is the Slavín tomb, at the cemetery’s eastern end, designed by Antonín Wiehl. The idea of the establishment of the pantheon, a joint last resting place of outstanding Czech personalities, appeared in the 1880s. The initiators were Vyšehrad provost and Mikuláš Karlach and Smíchov Mayor Petr Matěj Fischer, who also help to finance the monument.

Project of the monumental tomb was designed by architect Antonín Wiehl. Slavín was subsequently built in the years 1889-1893 on the eastern side of the Vyšehrad Cemetery. The sculptural decorations were made by Josef Mauder (1854-1920). The first burial in the tomb occurred eight years after its completion.

In 1901, poet Julius Zeyer was buried here as the first person. The last person interred at Slavín was conductor Rafael Kubelík in 2006. The tomb contains 44 burial tombs, mostly with coffins, some urns are stored as well. The remains of 55 people are currently interred in Slavín.

In front of the church, there is a map with information and location of the graves.

In order of death:

  • Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884). Field 5, Grave 40. Tourist No. 9. New grave, now with three white obelisks (was one). Near Slavin tomb.
  • Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904). Field 14, Grave 35. Tourist No. 48. Gallery. Top side.
  • Emmy Destinn (1878-1930). Slavin tomb. Plaque central column. Ema Destinová. Grave inside. Approval of the Svatobor Society is a requirement
  • Oskar Nedbal (1874-1930). Slavin tomb. Plaque? Grave inside. Transferred from the cemetery in Zagreb, Croatia in 2006. Approval of the Svatobor Society is a requirement
  • Rafael Kubelik (1914-1996). Slavin tomb. Plaque left. Grave inside. Approval of the Svatobor Society is a requirement

Vysehradsky cemetery. Fields map.

Vysehradsky cemetery. Tourist numbers.

Vysehradsky cemetery. Tourist numbers.

Vysehradsky cemetery. Slavin tomb.

Vysehradsky cemetery. Slavin tomb interior.

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