Brno is a city offering friendly, cosmopolitan atmosphere, colourful festivities; it is a city twined by grapevine and shaped up by ancient wine- growing traditions. The Czech saying “small things are nice “ holds true here. A quick tour of the historic centre takes only a few hours and you will still have some time left to explore interesting sights and exchange a few words with people you meet along the way.
- the second largest city in the Czech Republic with almost 400,000 inhabitants
a centre of universities,science, research and innovations
a city of interesting architecture, notably from the period of Functionalism a city of Villa Tugendhat, the only modern architecture landmark in the Czech Republic inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List
a city that boasts two castles– Spilberk and Veverí
a city of exhibitions and fairs; the exhibition centre was ceremonially opened in 1928
a bishop’s seat; the Brno Bishopric was founded in 1777
- home to the tallest building in the Czech Republic (AZ Tower, 111m)
a place where you can admire the most peculiar clockwork in the Czech Republic (námestí Svobodysquare)
a city with the largest ossuary in Europe located at St.James‘ Church
a city where the cathedral bells on Petrov chime middayat 11 o’clock; this relates to a legend dating from the time of the Swedish siege during the Thirty Years‘ War
a cityof cafés, summer celebrations, festivals and fireworks
venue of the World Motorcycle Championship and other important sports events
- St. James’ Church 8 Jakubské nám. Late Gothic church with a 94m tall tower and an ossuary open to the public.
- Old Brno Abbey and the Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Gothic Cistercian convent, since 1783 an Augustinian abbey. The father of genetics, G. J. Mendel, was one of the abbots of the monastery, and the organ was played here by youngLeosJanácek.
- Capuchin Church of Finding of the Holy Cross with a crypt. The crypt under the Capuchin Church that is open to the public is the final resting place of the members of the Order and other dignitaries.
- Hus Congregation. The first modern Functionalist-style sacral structure in the city and one of the first structures of this type in Europe.
- The Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul – The original Romanesque basilica on the Petrov hillock rebuilt in the Gothic style. The Gothic Revival style modifications come from the beginning of the 20th century. Besides the Baroque interior of the cathedral, both towers and the crypt are open to the public. The cathedral along with Spilberk Castle create the characteristic skyline of the city of Brno. You can descend from Petrov along the upper terrace of the Capuchin gardens to the Denisovy sady park.
- Old Town Hall – The oldest and most interesting secular building in Brno, the seat of town councillors from mid-13th century. The council moved to the New Town Hall in Dominican Square as late as 1935. It features the legendary Gothic portal with a crooked turret and the passage „inhabited” by the famous dragon, beloved and respected symbol of the city of Brno. You can also visit its tower with a look-out gallery, information centre and exhibition spaces.
The rumour has it that the stone master was not paid for the portal of the Old Town Hall and therefore he intentionally crooked the central turret in the portal.
Spilberk Castle is an old castle on the hilltop in Brno, Southern Moravia. It began to be built as early as the first half of the 13th century by the Premyslid kings and complete by King Premyslid Otakar of Bohemia.From a major royal castle established around the mid-13th century, and the seat of the Moravian margraves in the mid-14th century, it was gradually turned into a huge baroque fortress considered the heaviest prison in the Austro-Hungarian empire, and then into barracks. This prison had always been part of the Spilberk fortress.
Janácek Theatre –Janáckovo divadlo, is a theatre situated in the city of Brno, Czech Republic. It is a part of the National Theatre in Brno. It was built from 1960 to 1965, and opened in October 1965. During its existence, the theatre has premiered around 20 operas and ballet performances.
The Masaryk circuit – Masarykuv okruh, or Masarykring, now referred to as the Brno Circuit, refers two Czech racing circuits located close to the city of Brno. The original circuit was made up of public roads, and at its longest measured nearly 19 miles (31 km). In the 1930s, events such as the Masaryk Grand Prix attracted top teams and drivers.
Mahen Theatre – Mahenovo divadlo, is a Czech theatre situated in the city of Brno. Mahen Theatre, built as German Deutsches Stadttheater in 1882, was one of the first public buildings in the world lit entirely by electric light. It was built in a combination of Neo-renaissance, Neo-baroque and Neoclassical architectural styles.
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