Budeč was an early medieval settlement in Duchy of Bohemia within the modern Czech Republic. It was a gord founded by the Přemyslid dynasty. It is connected with presence of St. Wenceslaus. Today it is known as a place with the oldest preserved building in the country, the Church of Saints Peter and Paul.

According to archaeological findings, the hill was inhabited already in prehistoric times. The oldest evidence of the settlement comes from the period dating from the Middle Bronze Age and Knovíz culture of the Late Bronze Age. The first wall in the Slavic period was built right on the remains of prehistoric walls in the 9th century AD, perhaps by the Duke Bořivoj I. The written sources show that at the end of 9th and at the beginning of 10th century Budeč belonged to the main bases of Přemyslid dynasty.

The Church of Saints Peter and Paul is a rotunda built by the Duke Spytihněv I after the year 895. Its nave is the oldest standing building in the country.

Budeč was the place where Saint Wenceslaus (Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia) stayed in his youth. According to St. Wenceslaus legends, he lived here and learned the basics of education, reading Latin books and singing psalms.

The last mention of Budeč is from the second half of the 13th century, when Queen Kunigunda of Halych donated Budeč to the Vyšehrad Chapter.



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Founded: 9th century AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Czech Republic

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Petr Prucha (2 years ago)
Very nice place with trees and meadow next to a small restaurant, where they have an amazing Real homemade food. we have stopped there on our trip from Zakolany to Okor castle and back.
pepap josef pasulka (2 years ago)
Nice historical place, you can find there a ground plan of a church and beautiful lookout with a stone altar ( red pyx symbol of a Hussite time on the side )
Zdenek Svecar (3 years ago)
Unique historicly significant place
Bellefrontes (4 years ago)
Interesting place
Jakub Safar (5 years ago)
Historically significant and beautiful
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