Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul

Brno, Czech Republic

The Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul is one of the dominating features of the city of Brno. The origins of the church on Petrov dates back to the 1170s. In the Gothic period the church was rebuilt several times. In one of the reconstructions, around 1500, the original consecration to St. Peter was added to by the consecration to St. Paul. In 1296 a collegiate chapter was established at the church. During the Thirty Years’ War the church burnt down and was newly built in two Baroque periods, 1651-52 and 1743-46. When Pope Pius VI confirmed the establishing of the Brno diocese in 1777, the Church of St. Peter and Paul was promoted to a cathedral.

The cathedral had 21 altars at the end of the 15th century. The cathedral was damaged in the year 1643 during the Swedish siege, and was burned down. Between 1743 and 1748 the aisle was re-designed into the shape which it has today, according to the design of Mořic Grimm. The chancel was re-gothicized at the end of the 19th century. The overall reconstruction was finished by Viennese architect August Kirstein in the year 1909, when the cathedral received two towers, and other civil adjustments were implemented. Among the decorations inside the church, you cannot overlook the statue of Madonna and child which dates from around the 1300’s, a late Gothic pieta, Baroque altars and a rostrum.

Apart from the cathedral interior visitors may see the Romanesque-Gothic crypt with foundations of the original church. In the treasury room there is an exhibition of vestments, monstrances and other liturgical articles. Visitors also like to climb the cathedral steeples to have a view of the city. The diocese museum houses an interesting exhibition of Vita Christi (Christ’s life).

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Petrov 6, Brno, Czech Republic
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Founded: 1170s/1743
Category: Religious sites in Czech Republic

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Simone Cinardo (19 months ago)
The view from the top of the tower is great.
SHYAM SUNDAR.R (20 months ago)
The Cathedral is situated at a elevated part of the city. The view from here is very romantic and beautiful. The Sunset was absolutely stunning and a must see if you around this area.
yvette yong (20 months ago)
Beautiful! Remember to go around the back of the main entrance to access the tower. You will have to pay a small fee 40czk but it will be worth it!
Chris W. (21 months ago)
Lovely cathedral. Shame there is graffiti inside the tower stairs.
Rutger van der Linden (2 years ago)
Located on top of a hill, looking out over the old town, the vegetable market and the old town hall, stands this charming and pretty church. There are many interesting and pretty things to see, in the crypt as well as inside the church. We walked around the church, looked out over the town from the little panorama deck, went inside, which is very nicely decorated and well maintained. There is also an adoration chapel, separated from the nave by glass doors, for some quiet introspection. Very nice visit.
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