Mohyla míru Slavkov
The famous Battle of Austerlitz took place on December 2, 1805 in the fields east of Brno, about nine kilometers from the village of Slavkov. Napoleon's troops defeated the armies of the allies of the Austrian Empire and the Russian Empire with a crushing defeat. A memorial to the Mound of Peace on Pracký Hill was erected in memory of the victims of this bloody encounter between the three emperors and also as a reminder of the futility of all wars. It was the very first peace monument in Europe.
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The Brno priest Alois Slovák, together with Czech patriots, initiated the creation of the memorial, and so the construction was carried out in 1910-1912. The grand opening was scheduled for 1914, but paradoxically another war caused it to be postponed until 1923. The Peace Mound, as the memorial was called, is built in the Art Nouveau style, which is very timeless. The design of the building is due to the important Czech architect Josef Fanta, who styled the monument in the form of an Old Slavic mound. The stone building is 26 meters high and consists of a truncated pyramid. At the top there is another 10 meter high copper ancient Christian cross, under which lies a globe. The cross is decorated with the symbolism of Christianity. In the four corners at the foot of the mound are four shield bearers, who come from the workshop of sculptor Čeňek Vosmík. Each of them carries a shield with the symbol of their country, Austria, France, Russia and Moravia. Under the memorial are preserved the skeletal remains of the fallen found on the battlefield. In the space above them there is a 10x10 meter large chapel. Its arching creates a special phenomenon that you should not forget to try. When you whisper something in one corner, it will be heard just as loud in the other.
Next to the memorial is the building of the Brno Museum, where the exhibition Battle of the Three Emperors is installed. This museum was built in 1925 and since then bears witness to the course of this famous battle and the military equipment of the time.
Author: Martin Limbergová