Brno's Top Religious Sites (Self Guided), Brno

Religion has always played an important role in the lives of the Czech people. The large number of holy buildings in and outside Brno bear testimony to this fact. Some of them, such as Cathedral of Saint Peter, are quite imposing, and others, such as St. Johns' Church, are very traditional. Take this tour to explore the holy buildings of the capital of the Moravian region.
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Brno's Top Religious Sites Map

Guide Name: Brno's Top Religious Sites
Guide Location: Czech Republic » Brno (See other walking tours in Brno)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Author: JohnB
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Katedrála Sv. Petra a Pavla
  • Church of the Holy Cross
  • Church of Saint Mary Magdalene
  • St. Johns' Church
  • St. Michael's Church
  • Assumption of Virgin Mary Church
  • St. James' Church
  • St. Thomas' Church
Katedrála Sv. Petra a Pavla

1) Katedrála Sv. Petra a Pavla (must see)

The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Brno is located on the Petrov hill in Brno-Center. It is a national cultural monument and one of the most important architectural monuments of South Moravia.

The interior is mostly Baroque, while the impressive 84m high towers were built between 1904 and 1905 by architect August Kirstein in the Gothic Revival style. Traditionally, the bells of the Cathedral toll midday at 11 o'clock in the morning instead of at 12 o'clock. According to the legend, during the Thirty Years' War, the invading Swedes laid siege to the city of Brno but had promised that the attack would be halted if they had not succeed in taking the city by midday on August the 15th. When the battle was underway some shrewd citizens decided to ring the bells an hour early, fooling the Swedes who broke off the siege and left empty-handed. Brno was the only city to repel the Swedes during this war.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Church of the Holy Cross

2) Church of the Holy Cross

The Church of the Holy Cross (Kostel Nalezení Svatého Kříže) is located on the Capuchin Square in downtown Brno. The holy building has been erected by the order of Capuchins in the 17th century in order to meet the needs of a growing number of followers of the order. The church was built in Baroque style and has a simple design. The main attraction of the church is the "Crypto Capuccinorum" (Capuchin crypt).
Church of Saint Mary Magdalene

3) Church of Saint Mary Magdalene

The Church of Saint Mary Magdalene (Kostel Svaté Máří Magdalény) was built in the 15th century on the site where a Jewish synagogue once stood. The city's records show that the synagogue had been occupied by force by the Franciscans and converted into the present church. The Franciscans have also gave it a new Romanesque touch and an adjacent tower.
St. Johns' Church

4) St. Johns' Church

St. Johns' Church (Kostel Svatých Janů) is a Roman Catholic cathedral built by the Minorire order in the 13th century in the historical centre of Brno. Over the centuries, the church has undergone some major improvements, from Gothic to Baroque style and also a new chapel (Loreto Chapel) has been added to the construction. The church is popular among the locals due to its traditional baptizing and other interesting traditions.
St. Michael's Church

5) St. Michael's Church

St. Michael's Church (Kostel Svatého Michala) is yet another church in Brno built by the Dominican Order in the 13th century. It is located on the Dominican square, thus making it very accessible and very visited by locals and tourists. After the swedish attack in 1645, it got a new Baroque appearance with the help of architect Jan Baptist Erna. The service is held regularly and everyone is welcome for daily prayers.
Assumption of Virgin Mary Church

6) Assumption of Virgin Mary Church

The Assumption of Virgin Mary Church (Kostel Nanebevzetí Panny Marie) is one of the 3 Jesuit churches that the Jesuit order has built in Brno. This church is also associated with the name of the Jesuit college, which played an important part in the history of the city by providing knowledge to the local peasants free of charge. The construction is one of the earliest Baroque buildings in Brno.
St. James' Church

7) St. James' Church (must see)

The St. James' Church (Kostel Svatého Jakuba) is a late Gothic architectural masterpiece and church in Brno. Its history dates back to the early 13th century. The church is the tomb of the famous defender of Brno - Louise de Raduit Souches. The church's ceiling is known for its numerous guild features, crests of noble families and various monograms. The holy building was declared a national cultural monument in 1995.
St. Thomas' Church

8) St. Thomas' Church (must see)

The St. Thomas' Church (Kostel Svatého Tomáše) was established by Jan Jindřich, a Czech prince, and was originally an Augustinian monastery. This holy building is also the burial place of some great sovereigns such as Margrave Jobst. The building has changed its architectural design over the years, and its current Baroque appearance dates from the 17th century.

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