Brno, Czechia: A Cozy Moravian City

Being the second largest city in the Czech Republic, Brno draws tourists to its cozy and beautiful streets. This is the former capital city of the historic country of Moravia, one of the three ancient territories in Czech Republic. The city provides a contrast to the capital city of Prague being the capital of Bohemia, who with Moravia became seats of the Holy Roman Empire and were subsequently under German influence before the Second World War, Austrian-Hungarian Empire and the socialist revolution during the Cold War. Thus, this geographical and cultural distinction between Moravia and Bohemia gives a reason to explore the city.

I have visited both Prague and Brno. Click here for my Prague adventures. These are the places I went to.

1.     Orli

This is a pathway connecting the Central Station and the Bus Terminal to the Central Square of the Brno. There are several shops and cultural attractions.

2.     Zelný trh

The Vegetable Market is a market square in Brno and is near the Freedom Square. Many sellers of fruits, vegetables and flowers in the area.

3.     Kostel svatého Michala

The Church of Saint Michael the Archangel is located in the Dominican Square next to the New Town Hall. It is said that the church has been established in the 13th century and is historical being the place of the Moravian estates.

4.     Katedrála svatých Petra a Pavla

The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul is located in the southwestern part of the cadastral territory in the city of Brno. The Gothic church is one of the architectural in the Southern Moravia.

5.     Park Denisovy Sady

Denis Gardens is the first public park in Moravia and Bohemia. The park was named from a French historian, who contributed the creation in Czechoslovakia. This is also considered the terrace of the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.

6.     Sousoší Nejsvětější Trojice

The Trinity Column in the Green Market is a protected as a cultural monument of the Czech Republic. The statue exhibits of the Catholic influence on the city.

7.     Kašna Parnas

Parnas Fountain is one of the most important fountains and Baroque monuments in the city. The statue symbolizes the Holy Roman Empire.

8.     Náměsti Svobody

The Liberty Square is the most important square in Brno. It is actually triangular shaped and is considered the imaginary center of the city.

9.     Malinovského náměstí

Malinovsky Square is named after a Russian commander who helped liberate Brno at the end of World War 2. A sculpture of Homage Edison is located in the square in honor of the inventor of bulb, Thomas Alva Edison.

10.  Mahenovo divadlo

Mahen Theatre is one of the first public buildings in the world lit entirely by electric lights. It follows Neo-renaissance, Neo-Baroque and Neoclassical architectural styles.

11.  Socha RJ Malinovskeho

This is a square in honor of a Russian commander that aided Brno to be free in Second World War.

12.  Kostel Nanebevzeti Panny Marie

The Church of Assumption of Virgin Mary is a Jesuit church in Brno. This church was severely damaged during the Second World War.

13.  Kostel sv. Jakuba

The Church of Saint James the Elder. This is an important cultural and religious monument in Czech Republic. The famous defender of the city against the Swedish siege to protect the Holy Roman Empire during the Protestant Reformation that influenced the Thirty Years War.

14.  Mincmistrovský sklep

The Mintmaster cellar is part of the historic Brno Underground, located under the Dominican Square.

15.  Špilberk

This is a hilly park surrounding the Spilberk fortress, which protects and old castle built in the 13th century built using Gothic style.

Brno is not as big and populous as the Czech capital Prague, but it has proven to be a good alternative for tourists, who wants to learn more about the entire country and customs. Brno, like Prague has learned a lot from its colorful past. It has made a permanent imprint in the culture, tradition and life of the ordinary citizens of Brno.


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