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Selected natural monuments and places of interest II.

Šance Nature Reserve

It was declared a nature reserve in 1982 for the purpose of protecting the steep slopes above the Břežanský stream valley and endangered species of plants and animals. The reserve also includes a former Šance Celtic oppidum, apparently built in the mid 1st century BC.

U Závisti Natural Monument

An important geological location – panoramic outcrops of the so-called Letná Ordovician strata (Palaeozoic). A small quantity of fossils can be found here. Succulent-leaf plants and basket of gold are the predominant plants.

Chuchelský háj (grove)

The purpose of this nature reserve between Velká Chuchle and Malá Chuchle is to protect the original forest, on which depends a community of rare and protected plants and animals, e.g. many relict warm-loving beetles such as the stag beetle and the ground beetle.

Barrandovské skály (Barrandov Cliffs)

This national natural monument, declared in 1982, having an area of 11.5 ha, is located between Hlubočepy and Malá Chuchle. It is the oldest geological reserve in the Czech Republic. The Barrandov Cliffs, in addition to being geologically significant, also have zoological and botanical importance – the presence of warm-loving cliff grasses and warm-loving invertebrates.

Branické skály (Branik Cliffs)

They are probably the best-known and most interesting cliffs in Prague. This is a pronounced geomorphologic element on the right bank of the Vltava, where one can see Upper Silurian and Lower Devonian strata. This is a relatively rich paleontological site. Also many warm-loving plants and animals can be found here.

Podolský profil (Formations)

This has been a natural monument since 1988, originally a quarry on the right bank of the Vltava. Thanks to the uncovering of geological formations, the boundary between the Palaeozoic formations of the Silurian and Devonian periods is clearly evident. This is a paleontological site. This former quarry now creates a natural frame for the Podolí swimming stadium.

Petřínské skalky (Petřín Cliffs)

This is an area consisting of the upper parts of the Petřín slopes and the peak’s plateau. This area was declared a natural monument in order to protect the sandstone cliffs that create a “cliff town” on the steep slopes of Petřín.

Letenský profil (Letná Formations)

This is a natural monument consisting of two locations on the left bank of the Vltava and it is primarily protected due to rich paleontological finds and also so-called types of Letná Ordovician strata (Palaeozoic). It was declared a natural monument in 1988.

Bílá skála (White Cliff)

In the Prague district of Libeň, on the right bank of the Vltava, one can find this natural monument, which comprises of primarily two rock promontories named Bílá Skála (White Cliff) and Koráb (Ship) in the Holešovice meander of the river. This natural monument was created in order to protect the landscape of the rock promontories and also this rich paleontological location.