Mysteries of Old Prague

By on 28/06/2014

Prague-Castle-over-Vltava-river-Czech-RepublicCobblestone paved streets, lengthy shadows due to lustrous lanterns and murky outlines from the Gothic cathedrals, magical Prague is a city that is surrounded with countless historical myths and legends. The old city has the Mysteries of Old Prague where you can feel that you are not alone. Perhaps you might feel it’s a loose stone rolling down the street or a flutter of the leaves, but we must let you know it’s probably the terrain of Prague ghosts, supernatural beings or legendary myths. Read on to know about some of the most mysterious localities of Prague city. If you haven’t reserved your hotel stay, have a look at this site for some of the best of the city.

 

The Devil’s Column1

Vysehrad is one of the oldest parts of the city and has many mysterious spots. Just behind the Church of St. Peter and Paul, you will find a marble column that is broken into three parts and firmly sown into the ground. The legend is that it was thrown there in anger by a devil named Zardan. A priest who served at the church used the help of the devil on many occasions for various acts and was condemned to hell. St. Peter pitied the priest and said if he could finish saying the mass before the devil could carry a pillar from Rome to Vysehrad, he would be forgiven. The devil made it to the church just moments late and threw the column in anger, breaking it in three pieces.

 

2Liliova Street

The headless Knight Templar emerges on a white stallion, holding his head placed beneath his arm. He committed a wicked act and did not consent with the reprimand. He will only get peace when a brave person halts his horse and slays the rider with his sword. We advise you not to visit the site unaccompanied.

 

The Stone Boy3

A short walk from Narodina trida is St. Martin in the Wall Church. The Stone Boy was built in the late 1100s and was earlier a part of the Town Wall. When you look at the roof, you can see a boy with his fingers pulling his face into a distorted expression. Legends say that this disobedient boy was turned into stone. The boy was a roofer’s assistant who taunted the priest who was in his way to give last rights. The angry priest used his supernatural powers and turned the boy into stone.

 

4Cisarsky Mlyn

The eccentric place of meditation close to the remote edge of Stromovka, built by Emperor Rudolf II is more or less gone, except for a few details that were recovered into the present housing complex. Rudolf had a fascination with occult arts and constructed the place based on figurative principals. A rock cave was cautiously erected to let in a sole stream of light, a hill top that overlooked the Vltava, a dam shaped an non-natural fish pond, and there was a 22-window promontory. This was possibly meant to be a shrine or a re-creation of the tomb of Hermes Trismegistus, who was the author of many mystical works around 200 AD. The cave also may have been related to the idea that one had to go through the center of the earth to find the Philosopher’s Stone.

 

Church of St. Lawrence5

When you are walking through the romantic park of Petrin, you probably won’t believe that a sacrificial altar once stood here, on which Pagan priests blazed beautiful juvenile virgins in sacrifice to the Pagan Gods. At some stage in the reign of Prince Boleslav, the construction was ruined and the Church of St. Lawrence, which still stands today, was built here. Legend says that even today Pagan Gods come into sight here in the appearance of unexplained and inexplicable fires. Apparently, these fires supposedly have supernatural powers and are able to cure conditions like rheumatism.

 

6aFaust’s House

Another well known Prague legend is the one about Faust who made a deal with the devil. In exchange for all the information and bliss of the world for a phase of 24 years, Faust sold his soul to the devil. When the time was completed, the devil took Faust from the roof. Until today, legend states that the hole in the roof in Faust’s house in the New Town and was visible for years after. Alchemical symbols that depict the mythical phoenix and the solar system adorn the walls and frescoes.

 

Karlova Street7

As per the legend, a compulsive miser refused to help extinguish the flames when a fire broke near his house. Instead he ran home to save all his money. He managed to reach home in time to stuff his gold coins into a bag and ran with it to safety. When he ran into Karlova Street, he clutched his heart and died. Since then, whenever there is a fire in Prague, it is possible to see the figure of the man with a heavy sack on his back, rushing from Karlova Street to Charles Bridge.

 

Tuntitled-30he Petrified Servant

Standing stones appear all over Europe but in Northern Prague there is a stone that is engulfed in mystery. The red stone is located on the edge of a suburban house in Dolni chabry and has been called the or The Petrified Servant. The stone stands as tall as 172 cm and was moved to its present location from a close by hill. The stone is said to be moved almost 7000 years, long before the Celts were in Bohemia. Who erected it and why it was moved, was it a religious site or a territorial marker, no one knows.

After reading the above post, we’re sure you too believe that Prague has much more than just beautiful sights. The legends and enigmatic stories tend to remain inseparable from the city and reveal its darker and mysterious character.

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