Brno is the Czech Republic’s second largest city, and the historic centre of the Moravian Region. Although Brno has relatively few monuments, when compared to Prague or other historic Czech cities, it does have a few important ones – which are typically ecclesiastical.
Apart from a few Renaissance and Gothic style buildings, Brno is essentially a Baroque city. Its inner-city is comparatively small, and, in place of its former city-walls, today it is encircled by wide ring-roads.
Rising above the crest of a hill, the 11th century Spilberk Castle presently houses the City Museum.
Spilberk castle, Brno
One of the most important tourist attractions in Brno is the 13th century Church of St, Peter and St. Paul. Built by the Capuchins of the Franciscan Order, this Baroque style church has achieved a special renown because it has had the mummified bodies of 153 friars lying in its crypt for more than two-hundred years.
The Tugendhat Villa, designed as a functionalist building by Mies van der Rohe in 1929, is considered – even on a world scale - to be one of modern architecture’s outstanding buildings; in 2002 it was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Petrov Cathedral in Brno, Czech Republic
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