Today boasts, formerly the disgrace of Charles IV. Originally low-quality vineyards are among the most popular parks in Prague
Letenské sady offer a completely unique view of the historical center of Prague and basically all important monuments such as Prague Castle, Týn Cathedral, the National Theater and Charles Bridge. You can catch panoramas and instagram photos here very quickly.
You can refresh yourself with a good beer or a picnic in the grass. In addition to sports, you can easily spend your free time looking at the abilities of young skateboarders, whether you can hide in the shade of one of the many flowering trees with a book in hand.
A short list of activities is not enough, because the Letenské sady really offers a lot to this visitor. However, there are facts you may not know about this place.
The famous geologist and paleontologist simply fell head over heels in love with the Czech landscape. We work for the peak of our work here, and it is not for nothing that, according to him, one entire Prague district is named, which is significantly connected with his work. Steps by Joachim Barrande however, they also lead to Letná.
There is a protected area on the slope just below the Hanavský pavilion, thanks to its detailed examination of the local rocks. Abundant fossil fauna is still the main reason for protection. So be careful what stone you dig in Letenské sady so that there is no trilobite millions of years old on it.
In Letná, however, it was not just about rare rocks. Long before the initiative of Charles IV. originated on all hills of Prague and around the vineyards. Letenské sady also did not avoid this requirement, but it was certainly not worth it.
At least from the preserved literature it can be read that the quality of the local wine simply did not work at all. When several wars, which definitively destroyed the vineyards, alternated over the land over the years, no one cried much. Just a really strong alcoholic.
Stalin on a skateboard
The orchards, as is well known today, were first very decently refined at the beginning of the 19th century by Baron Jakub Wimmler of Wimmersberg. He owned the vast majority of the local land, but in the 1940s, the Prague governor Karel Chotek advocated for their purchase. He signed many improving Prague elements. One neighbor even bears his name.
After the purchase of the Letna lands, a very comprehensive reconstruction and construction of the Letna chateau began. The park was named the Sets of Crown Prince Rudolf in 1871 in honor of the visit of the successor to the Austrian throne.
However, the entire public space changed at the end of the 1980s under the leadership of František Josef Thomayer to the form closest to today’s. The brother of the famous doctor did not let himself be embarrassed and expanded his portfolio to include the realization of Charles Square.
What is generally known, however, is the socialist work and probably the greatest symbol of the vassalism of Czechoslovakia in the 1950s. The sculptural group headed by Marshal Stalin is like megalomaniacal disgrace tried to cast a shadow on the sights that are really important. The transience of the cult of personality also manifested itself later, and many pieces of the “meat front” were swallowed up by the Vltava, and important buildings in Prague still stand today.
Letenské sady will gain a new dominance. The metronome subtly counts down the pace of life herewho is really free today. The park has long since not used propaganda or huge events as on the Letna Plain during the revolutionary days. We will see how this unique space, which guards Prague behind green trees, will change in the future. Its current state is very satisfactory so far.
Source: Czech Television, Czech Radio
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