Monday, April 25, 2016

Brno

Brno is the 2nd largest city in Czech and the First City of South Moravia. As we approached by bus, the tall spires of the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul, one of the city's symbols, were easily spotted as it sits high on a hill. Although it's a longish walk from the main bus terminal through a mall and under the train station to the edge of the Old Town, one is then rewarded as the large city center is virtually free of automobile traffic. Also missing are cobblestone streets and sidewalks as the spaces between buildings are paved with wide, flat stones - great for walking and skateboarding. Electric trams ferry folks around.

Brno has a mix of architecture. In addition to Neo-Baroque architectural stylings, there are numerous modern era buildings ie 1890 to 1945 that kept us busy one day on a 20 kilometer walking tour. Whew!

We liked Brno a lot; and the anticipated cold and rain never arrived.

Our first stop in Brno was at the very helpful Tourist Office in the Old Town Hall which featured a dragon, er crocodile, inside and reliefs outside.
Brno, Moravia, Czech

Brno, Moravia, Czech

The New Town Hall features a Social Realism statue from 1928.
Brno, Moravia, Czech

The Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul as seen from the Castle.
Brno, Moravia, Czech

The cathedral itself has a fine view of the city eg this sunset view to the Protestant Red Church.
Brno, Moravia, Czech

Another sunset view.
Brno, Moravia, Czech

Our pension was right off the main square where we never tired of visiting.
Brno, Moravia, Czech

Brno, Moravia, Czech

Brno, Moravia, Czech

The interior of a 1930's Functionalist building near our pension.
Brno, Moravia, Czech

Cafe.
Brno, Moravia, Czech

Apartments.
Brno, Moravia, Czech

The beer hall, pivarium, just below our pension.
Brno, Moravia, Czech

And a nearby church with horse statue.
Brno, Moravia, Czech

Some shots of the "vehicle free" city center.
Brno, Moravia, Czech

Brno, Moravia, Czech

Brno, Moravia, Czech

Gregor Mendel, the monk who is known as "the father of modern genetics" did most of his research at this Augustinian Monastery in Brno. Sun-ling was horrified to see the large sign and cafe inside the hollowed scientific grounds of the monastery.
Brno, Moravia, Czech

Not to mention that the nearby brewery's beer hall is right next door (to the left in this shot).
Brno, Moravia, Czech

Brno, one of the economic engines of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (textile manufacturing), has hosted trade fairs since 1248 (according to Wikipedia). In 1928 the Modernist Brno Exhibition Center was completed, and continues to expand. Here are some shots of the circa 1928 buildings.
Brno, Moravia, Czech

Brno, Moravia, Czech

Brno, Moravia, Czech

Brno, Moravia, Czech

The back of this Modernist apartment building reminded us of 1930's apartments in Shanghai.
Brno, Moravia, Czech

Brno, Moravia, Czech

Finally, these Art Nouveau buildings round out our tour of Brno's 20th Century architecture.

Brno, Moravia, Czech

Brno, Moravia, Czech

Brno, Moravia, Czech

Brno, Moravia, Czech




1 comment:

Liz said...

Love the building with the white flowers!