Sunday, July 17, 2011

Prague - Olsany Graveyard

I know, I promised to post this yesterday, but time flew and before I knew it Saturday had gone.

The Olsany Graveyard was started in 1679 as a graveyard for plague victims, but it has since then become a large graveyard which is still in use today. It has a Russian cemetery and a Jewish cemetery where Franz Kafka is buried.

We mainly visited the oldest part of the graveyard. There's not much money for repairs and such as there are so many buildings and monuments all over town that need fixing up and you can see this part of the graveyard hasn't been tended for in a long time. Lots of gravestones are covered in ivy.

There are also lots of tombs in the Olsany graveyard.
Some look a bit like churches.

Some are clearly in need of repair before they fall to ruin completely.

And some are already beyond saving.

The sight of this crumbling graveyard is both sad and beautiful.

There are many beautiful statues and sculptures on the Olsany Graveyard, but these too suffer from neglect and decay.

Some still seem to get some attention.

While others are beautiful in their decay.

All in all a beautiful, sad and impressive sight.
I could almost have spend our week in Prague just on walking around this graveyard alone I will confess.


Raquel said...

The cemetery is impressive. In Spain there are beautiful cemeteries too, I remember one in the province of Asturias, with beautiful views to the Cantabric Sea...
I like your photos very much :)

Hammie Hamster said...

I think I'd like to take a look at that cemetery too. It is very beautiful and sad at the same time... thank you for sharing these pictures!

Jeffe Kennedy said...

I love to visit cemeteries - such fascinating insights. And so beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

Jerry and Ben said...

Great photos Sullivan--we love all the faces on the statues!

Demented Wench said...

It seems the old, crumbling graveyards are the most beautiful.