Prague TWC 2011
The funds collected will support orthopaedic treatment of childrenÂ at SICOT Education Centres.
|Date||Wednesday,Â 7 September 2011|
|Time||06:30 (a morning run is the best way to start the day!)|
|Fee||EUR 20, excluding 20% VAT|
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Routes - 3km walkÂ or 5km run
VYÅ EHRAD, the rock above the river with its dark outline of slender spires, is an inseparable part of the Prague skyline. The traditions of this mysterious site are bound up with the legends whose literary treatment was worked up Alois JirÃ¡sek from the ancient chronicles into his work "The Old Czech Legends". These tell of the Princess LibuÅ¡e, who foresaw the future glory of Prague from her seat at VyÅ¡ehrad, and who sent a delegation to seek out PÅemysl the Ploughman, founder of the ruling dynasty, as well as of brave Bivoj, the wondrous horse Å emÃk and its leap from VyÅ¡ehrad rock, and of the War of the Maidens. The legends of VyÅ¡ehrad, explaining and celebrating the origins and early years of the PÅemyslid state, have made this one of the Czech nation's most distinguished sites. A fortified settlement appeared at VyÅ¡ehrad sometime during the 10th century. The first definitive evidence for the existence of the VyÅ¡ehrad hillfort are PÅemyslid denarii of Boleslav II, minted there in the mid-10th century.
The reign of Vratislav II (1061-1092) opened a new chapter in the history of VyÅ¡ehrad. This prince, named King of Bohemia and Poland in 1085, chose VyÅ¡ehrad as his royal residence, strengthening its fortifications and building a permanent palace more suited to the aspirations of the Bohemian rulers. He founded a new minster, the Basilica of St Lawrence, and what is probably Prague's earliest Romanesque rotunda, that of St Martin and The VyÅ¡ehrad Chapter. The Chapter was excluded from the authority of the Bishop of Prague, and was subject directly to the Pope. It benefited from the great attention paid to it by many Bohemian sovereigns, and obtained a range of political and economic privileges. VratislavÂ´s successor, SobÄslav I (1125-1140), also took an interest in the artistic decoration of the churches, and in the social prestige of VyÅ¡ehrad. The coronation of Vladislav in 1140 brought the precedence of this seat over Prague Castle to an end.VyÅ¡ehrad regained its importance under Charles IV.
According to the coronation rite, the procession of the new sovereign began here as an expression of respect for the forefather of the dynasty to which Charles IV belonged on his mother's side. Charles IV converted VyÅ¡ehrad into a stone fortress, joining it to the ramparts of the New Town of Prague, built a Gothic Royal Palace, the Capitular church, and the great new Å piÄka (Peak) Gate. During the Hussite Wars, however, the whole royal precinct was destroyed. From the mid-17th century onwards VyÅ¡ehrad became a Baroque fortress with its own military garrison, and thenceforth remained under military jurisdiction until 1911 when it was made over to the city; it has been preserved almost unchanged to the present day, with the exception of the burning down of the armoury on the site of what is now a park containing sculptures by Myslbek.
The present appearance of VyÅ¡ehrad was largely determined in the second half of the 19th century. It was led by a number of nationalist-oriented provosts; of these, the most important in terms of the development of VyÅ¡ehrad were VÃ¡clav Å tulc and MikulÃ¡Å¡ Karlach, who decisively determined the present appearance of VyÅ¡ehrad and its major landmark, the neo-Gothic: Church of SS Peter & Paul was rebuilt in the Neo-Gothic style to a design by J. Mocker and F. MikeÅ¡ that respected the disposition of Charles IV's Gothic design. It was then that the idea arose of founding a national cemetery at VyÅ¡ehrad on the site of the parish graveyard. It took many years to build the Pantheon, and the present VyÅ¡ehrad Cemetery is a unique artistic whole, harmoniously fitting its surroundings. At the same time it is also a unique gallery of funerary sculpture, and an expression of Czech artistic development from the second half of the l9th century to the present day. It is the final resting place of over 600 personalities from the fields of culture and intellectual endeavour.
At the 21th century, VyÅ¡ehrad retains its atmosphere of magic and mystery. It offers visitors one of the most beautiful urban panoramas of bygone Europe, quiet parks for relaxation, and true cultural and spiritual inspiration.
|Date||Friday, 9 September 2011|
Departure at 12:00 from the Prague Congress Centre (entrance No. 10)
|Fee||EUR 80, excluding 20% VAT
The price included: transportation to and from the golf course, green fee, trolley, refreshments, dinner at the club house
|Additional fees||Electric buggy: EUR 40
Full golf set: EUR 36
|Registration deadline||24 August 2011|
KonopiÅ¡tÄ Golf Resort
One of the most beautiful golf resorts in the Czech Republic is a short 30-minute drive from the centre of Prague.
The KonopiÅ¡tÄ Golf Resort offersÂ two top-class courses â the eighteen-hole "RadeckÃ½ Course" and the "D'Este Course". The courses are advantageously situated in a landscape with slight slopes, which is surrounded by forest and includes various bunkers and numerous water barriers. A characteristic feature is represented especially by the great, modelled greens.
The entire resort was built up in cooperation with the Professional Golfers Association of Europe (PGAE).
Radecky Course - 18 holes, PAR 72
This top-class par 72 18-hole course with 5 tees is a challenge for players of all categories. The course is imaginatively set in the undulating countryside with a forested area, a number of bunkers and water hazards, and most importantly high quality, extensive and beautifully modelled greens. The "RadeckÃ½" course is named after one of the original owners of the estate, the famous marshal of the Napoleonic Wars â VÃ¡clav RadeckÃ½ of Radec.