Prague, a city with a history that dates back a thousands years. Prague abounds in countless folk stories, legends and myths. For us Czechs, these stories are an important part of our cultural identity. In this little article series, we will be exposing the most interesting legends that Pragers have collected over the centuries. Let us begin with the story of the foundation of our lovely home town.
Libuše & Přemysl: The Founding of Prague
The legend tells that the first people to arrive in the land were led by the warrior leader Čech (Czech), who gave his name to the country. His successor, Krok, died leaving three daughters, Kazi, Teta and Libuše. The youngest Libuše was the wisest of 3 sisters and also had the gift of prophecy; she could foretell the future. So it was Libuše to whom the elders entrusted the government of the Czech land after Krok’s death. Of course, she had quite a unique ruling style, basing decisions on prophecies. For example, she insisted on marrying a man she saw in her vision. It was Přemysl, a plough-man.
In one of her visions she saw a great city “whose fame would reach to the stars”. She said the place would be near Vltava River. Having trusted her visions, Přemysl sent out messengers to the place Libuše had spoken of. As the years went by and centuries flowed, the Prague Castle became the seat of the Czech kings.
Have you heard about Prague’s legendary Golem? If not, that is what you can be looking forward to reading about in our next article. So stay tuned with our blog posts!
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