Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Brno
At the northern edge of Mendl Square in Old Brno, next to Úvoz and Pekařská streets, we find the Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, which can rightly be proud of the designation "pearl of Moravian Gothic architecture".
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Interesting facts Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Brno
In 1323, Eliška Rejčka founded the Cistercian monastery of the Hall of St. Mary or Aula Sanctae Mariae near the parish church of the Virgin Mary. Eliška Rejčka lived the last years of her life in Špilberk, Brno, and as a thank you for her stay in Brno, she wanted to somehow repay this city, and the best idea seemed to be to establish a new church with a monastery. This event is related to the legend of choosing a suitable place to build a monastery. Eliška Rejčka allegedly used three flags for him, climbed the Hunger Tower in Špilberk and threw all three flags down. One of them fell directly under the castle, to Old Brno, where the queen then had a monastery and the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary built. The second flag was never found again and the third flew to the Chimney, where the queen also began construction of a new church.
The Gothic Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary is unique both in its floor plan and, at first glance, in its building material, with unplastered gray brickwork with only sparingly applied carved stone.
During the Josephine reforms, Augustinians were relocated to the monastery, and the Augustinian abbot Jan Gregor Mendel also worked there, who discovered the theory of heredity in the walls of this monastery.
In 1987, the exaltation of this church took place by Pope John Paul II. Since this year, the church has been awarded the title BASILIC MINOR.
In the cellars of the monastery there is a wine bar U královny Elišky, which is a great tourist attraction, because the local cellar was created at the same time as the monastery itself and in addition there were a number of medieval and modern festivities and dinners. In the manor house, the deepest place of the wine bar, there is also a unique wine press from 1711.
Author: Andrea Štyndlová