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I introduced you to Vysehrad yesterday and told you it isn't a castle, despite the Czech word "hrad" (i.e. "castle") in its name. So what is it? At first glance it is a baroque fortress. You can't miss its mighty fortification consisting of several kilometers long and about 15 meters high walls, six bastions and three preserved gates. The fortification was built since 1650 and its newest part -- the Brick Gate in the photo (detail in WS) -- was finished in 1842.

Although magnificent, the Baroque fortress from 17th-18th century isn't much interesting in the context of thousand years of Prague's existence. What then makes Vysehrad so important? Why every Czech child names it as the oldest and the best known Czech monument? What else is hidden behind its walls? Let's continue exploring Vysehrad's history tomorrow and we'll hopefully find the answer.

Update: Story continues with Princess Libuse

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