River Svratka - Czech republic
This river sources in Vysočina Region, near to Stříbrná studánka (Silver Fountain).
CZ, Brno – The Capital of Moravia II
The Moravian metropolis greeted us by a nice sunny day. We set off for some sightseeing. First thing we saw was cathedral of St Peter and Paul.
While going to see the national cultural landmark on Petrov Hill, we encountered a twelve-meter cross with bronze coating. The cross symbolizes Benedict XVI’s visit in Brno in 2011. Red spheres from glass symbolize five wounds of Jesus Christ. Adding bit gold to glass resulted in red color. We learned this information from the book guide.
Only couple more steps and we reached the landmark. For long decades it has welcomed visitors of the city and gave to it its characteristic look. St Peter and Paul’s cathedral is one of the most important architectonic sight in south Moravia. Its Gothic revival look was the reason why it was placed as an image on the 10 crown coin.
Two 84 meter towers are the main feature of the cathedral. They are richly decorated and built in 1909. The plan was done by August Kirstein. The same goes for the main nave. We were amazed by how space it is, its colorful windows, 700 year sculpture of Madonna, the pulpit, baroque altars, or Gothic pieta. There is a provisionary store in cathedral’s center where you can buy a CD by local choir, postcards, and various religious memorabilia. A treasury room is also inside the cathedral. Priest robes and rare liturgical items, or Romanesque-Gothic crypt are on display. Te latter hides the foundations of the original 12th century church. The building was often renovated and it burned down couple of times. In 1777 Brno diocese made it its residence. This made the church a cathedral.
Also, you can the Diocese museum or you can just enjoy the view from the top of the cathedral’s tower. We planned to see many more sights. Therefore, we took a seat on one of many wooden benches and immersed ourselves into spiritual atmosphere there. Then we went on in our trip.
Once we left the cathedral we kept on going to other important sight in the city – the castle of Spilberk. The road went along city fortification to Denisovy gardens, a fabulous park with gazebos, benches, colonnade and mostly wonderful vistas of the city. There is also a marble obelisk. Its decoration are four gilded lions. It was placed here in 1818 to commemorate the end of Napoleonic wars.
We went down the path across the park. We reached Husova, a busy street at the edge of which is the red church of Jan Amos Komensky. We turned left after about three minutes of walk. Thus we found ourselves at Spilberk Hill’s foot in the park of the same name. There are some wonderful views of Brno. An interesting memorial which is devoted to Italian karbonari is also up there. The karbonari were a secret bourgeois organization. Some of their members were held captive here at the castle. All of a sudden, however, we found ourselves at the entrance to the castle.
What we have seen at the castle and where else did we go we tell you next week.
GPS: (St Peter and Paul cathedra) 49°11'27.6"N 16°36'27.5"E
Text and photos: Oskár Mažgút
Once we introduced you the new interactive exhibition in the Moravian Karst Nature House we move bit further. Today we talk about our starting locality which is called Rocky Mill. This one is unique for many reasons.
The Moravian Karst is undoubtedly the most beautiful area in the Czech Republic. Blansko, a town offering many historical, cultural, nature, and other sights, is located right there. It is also an ideal destination for a trip for couple of days for its great life in culture and perfect sport opportunities.
It has been a long time since our last visit to the second largest city in the Czech Republic – Brno. This historical “capital” of Moravia is located on the confluence of the Svratka and Svitava rivers. It has been an important center of culture, justice, and education.
Upon visiting Spilberk castle which the main sight in Brno we returned through Spilberk park back in Husova street. Opposite to the park there is a building of the Moravian Gallery, the second largest art museum in the Czech Republic.
We shall continue in our walk in the old streets of Brno. Last time we saw church of St Jacob and also saw the large Svoboda square formally known as Dolni Market. This busy triangle shaped square was pretty noisy and busy when we reached it.
Last time we explored the building of Old Town Hall. Another beautiful sight stands near to it. We got on the historical square of Zelny Trh (Cabbage Market).
When the Creator was giving he was particularly generous to the south Moravians. Thus, they could call their land the “land of wine.” He gave them the most sun in the Czech lands as well as warm climate doing good to grapes but bolstering recreational activities as well – for instance at Vranovska dam, Brnenska dam or on the lakes near Palava. So what waits here for visitors? Great Moravian landmarks, castles, chateaus, sacral buildings, great works of engineering, border fortresses, and beautiful places in nature. There is no coincidence in south Moravia being the second most interesting locality for tourists right next to Prague.
The second largest city in the Czech Republic is home to many landmarks, nature sights or UNESCO-grade architecture. However, it offers a trip to the realm of animals. And we shall take this trip today.
As was told in the first part, now you know why to go to Brno. You know where to start your exploration of the historical district and where to have lunch. What is next? We are going to spend some moments on Svoboda square. There is a mysterious astronomical clock. We cant avoit a visit to Spilberk castle, Villa Tugendhat (under UNESCO) and a functionalist borough around it. Of course, we are going to have a taste of the night life, great beer or wine, and we are going to see some glimpses of local students ’life. So let’s get started!
When I have learned recently that Lonely Planet declared Brno the least interesting city in the Czech Republic I couldn’t understand. Then I realized that it was good they said it after all. Had crowds of tourists been going there every day as they go to Prague it would soon loose its magic. Brno is a city of universities, fun, culture and many small, lovely places. The turning clock in the shape of a male genitalia from which a small glass ball falls out every hour. Smoking road signs are really to be found only here… New York Times was much more smarter. They put Brno on the list of 52 places where to go in 2016!
The second biggest town of the Czech Republic and the biggest Moravian metropolis at the same time, this is Brno. This town is, from times immemorial, a rivalry synonym with Prague, as far as their mentality or even their language (dialect) are concerned.
Through various of paths which are lined with broadleaved trees we reached Spilberk’s entrance gate. The castle is one of Brno’s most precious sights. It has stood on a hill of the same name since 13th century.
City of Brno saved under their houses and sidewalks places that you might not even know they exist. What are these?
Žabovřesky belong to one of the largest part of Brno. Today we will let you know more about it.
Only couple of days ago, a unique interactive exhibition has been opened in the heart of the Moravian Karst (at the meeting point of Suchy and Pusty Zleb) near Skalni Mill. The exhibition take you through the history of this place in a very innovative way.