Cemetery in Prague is a gallery of lettering styles

The Olšany cemetery in Prague is a veritable gallery of lettering styles, and most of the tombstones are in great condition. Of particular interest are the many nineteenth century graves made from slate, which is carved and gilded and then protected behind glass, keeping them as fresh as the day they were cut. The quality of some of the lettering is superb, and the whole place is wonderfully atmospheric, with massive mausoleums lining the walls and ivy growing everywhere. We only scratched the surface, as the place is huge, holding over two million people buried in many different sections, including the largest Jewish cemetery in the Czech Republic. There is also an interesting linguistic mix, dominated by Czech and german, reflecting the complex history of the city. The gallery here just gives a tiny snapshot of the range of styles, from the Gothic to Art Nouveau and beyond.