St. Procopius Basilica

Třebíč, Czech Republic

St. Procopius Basilica is a Romanesque-Gothic Christian church in Třebíč. The history of the basilica is closely associated with the history of the former Benedictine monastery. Before the basilica was constructed there was a chapel of St. Procopius, which was built in the year 1104 and was consecrated by Heřman, Bishop of Prague. Five years later, the monastery already had its own church. This was consecrated in year 1109 by then Bishop of Prague, Jan II. In the crypt of the church Duke Litold Znojemský was buried, one of the founders of the monastery, and three years later his brother and Duke Oldřich Brněnský, the second founder of the monastery, was likewise interred.

The monastery grew rich and its influence swelled. For about half of the 13th century the monastery was rebuilt and fortified. This reconstruction was started in about the year 1240 and finished in the year 1260. The reconstruction meant the disappearance of romanesque architecture in the monastery, but allowed for the new basilica to be built. The basilica is preserved in its original style to this day.

The basilica together with the Jewish Quarter in Třebíč were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003.

The basilica was originally dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Saint Procopius became the Patron saint of the basilica on the quincentenary his canonization in 1704. Jan Karel, Count of Valdštejn established a castle chapel of St. Procopius from the presbytery of the basilica.

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Founded: 1240-1260
Category: Religious sites in Czech Republic

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Jörn Fischer (3 years ago)
Very nice cathedral. Unfortunately the visiting hours are very inconvenient, as I arrived 5 minutes too late and won't wait for another hour to have a look inside! Churches should be open all around during visiting hours, otherwise I don't co spider them places of worship anymore...
Miroslav Sklar (4 years ago)
Built in 1260 Anno Dominik.
Jiří Chromý (5 years ago)
My home town Třebíč. Unique basilica (UNESCO). Jewish old Town, Jewish cemetery.
Tom Dubois (5 years ago)
Brilliant guided tour of this stunning basilica.
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