Saint Nicholas's Church dates back to around 1100. St Nicholas is the patron saint of merchants. It was free to enter the church. It was quiet and peaceful inside.
St Wenceslas's Chapel had an exhibition inside and a viewpoint outside.
We could not go in to either building as we had no Czech money through foolishly thinking the Czechs had converted to the Euro only to find the Czech crown very much in evidence. There is an entrance way to the castle next to the brewery. You will go into a little building with tourist info. No need to pay here, pass through and go down the stairs. There are great views, a cafe, birds of prey and the kasse to buy tickets for the castle and rotunda.
We only saw the castle from the outside - not very castle like, more like a big house and under renovation. The rotunda is quite cute from the outside and supposedly has great frescoes inside.
From this area there were great views over the river and towards Saint Nicholas's Church and Saint Wenceslas's Chapel.
This is a lovely Church to have a look inside.
The Church and the adjacent Dominican Monastery were built in the middle of the 13th century, but after a "great fire," when a precious fragment of the Holy Cross was lost, and the building was greatly damaged, a new Church was built.
So, it now date's to the 17th century and has a nice Barouqe Entrance Portal, and two Church Tower's.
Inside, I liked the Baroque organ dating from 1755, some statues of a Dominican monk, and paintings.
The most precious is in the South Nave ,and is of "The Virgin Mary of Znojmo," a miraculous painting attracting believers since the 17th century.
This is a dear little Chapel we came across in Znojmo. It is no longer a Chapel, but a place for Art Exhibition's and Concert's.
We had already been to the town of Bucovice, and now we found out, this Chapel was built some time in 1521, because of Catherine of Bucovice!
It was constructed "on" the city wall, high above the Dyje River valley, and next to a Graveyard where there was another chapel, but is no longer.
The chapel’s name is derived from the Gothic statue of St Wenceslas, the Patron Saint of all Czechs, fixed to the entrance front.
I didn't go inside, but I can tell you it has a upper Chapel of St Anne and St Catherine which has a late Gothic vault, one of its kind in all Moravia. The lower chapel of St Martin is where the art exhibitions and concerts are held.
8. St Wenceslas’s ChantrySt Wenceslas’s Chantry
"IVAN"......Commemorate's the end of Word War II.
Ivan, is a bronze statue of a Red Army Soldier holding a machine gun and standing high on a polished granite Pedestal in the centre of a busy Virgin Mary Square [round-about]. It was right here, on May 8th 1945, Znojmo resident's welcomed the first Red Army tanks.
The memorial was designed in 1953 and some unhappy people have tried to destroy it.
Even today, the presence of the Red Army soldier at the central traffic junction of the city is controversial, how-ever, it is a part of history. The gardens surrounding the statue were beautiful, full of annual's in flower, nice!
This is the pretty area beside the River Dyje and below Znojmo Castle.
Long time ago, there was a Stone Mill and a Ford over the river, both have been replaced, one with a bridge over the River, and the other, a Power Station
The area used to have lots of shanties and small houses which belonged to fishermen and paupers, tanners and skinners had workshops there. The "right" to fish in the river belonged to the Abbot of Louka in the Middle Ages, not to burghers!
In 1834 the Dyje Quarter was incorporated into the city and a swimming pool made in the River below the “Giant’s Head”.
Since 1945 life in the Dyje Quarter slowed, German speaking citizen's were told to leave, and the Znojmo Reservoir was built, burying the old swimming pool under water. The area looks different now, and is a nice place for walking from the Villa Krammer and finishing by a weir near the Louka Abbey.
The Svoboda house in my photo is the biggesty historic building in Znojmo's city centre
This Neo-Baroque buiding looked like a Chateau to me, but have since found out that it is a block of flats. Franz Svoboda built this massive building shortly before World War I in 1907-1908. It was thought to be the most ambitious construction project in the whole region.
If you look at the first floor of the building carefully, you can see along the front wall, Baroque statues of men & women like they are holding up the building.
A very nice architectural building.
I came into Masaryk Square to see many market tables but no market! Obviously, it was the wrong day!
Also here, was the Church of St. John the Baptist and the Capuchin Monastery, which were built in 1628 under the instruction's of Roman Emperor Ferdinand II.
Inside is the way of the Capuchin, their ideals of simplicity and poverty.
In 1754 a new chapel depicting the Mount Olivet scene, [Battle of White Mountain] was built in the wall separating the monastery from the town square. The Capuchins were here until moved on by the Communist's in 1950.
This townhall tower where you can admire the views of town from is one of Znojmo's symbols and creates a part of siluete of this town. It was built during 1445-1448. In past it was mainly used as an observation point of town preservation. The upper part of tower is decorated by two ambits above each other and by 8 small turrets and spire in its centre.
When you want to look from above also using binoculars, you will climbe about 200 stairs made of three various materials as concrete, iron and wood in the highest floors. The part with wooden stairs is a bit narrow so you may take off your rucksack and climb up/downstairs with it in your hand.
Each point of the compass has its description of seen view.
Its a small town (pop 37k), so you can see everything on foot. Get info at the tourist office or from your guide book, and just set off. Go for South Moravian Museaum, Capuchin Monastery, Town Hall Tower, Castle, Hostan Brewery etc
we got a very elderly Skoda from the local gangsters and set off into the South Moravian hinterland, just taking pot luck from the guidebook. We ended up at Vranov nad Dyji, to the west of Znojmo. Beautiful castle, no touroids (just a few locals on a Sunday afternoon). Loved it.
Castle dates back to 14 century. Built high on a cliff above the Dyje river. Spectacular location and picturesque village below (pop 900).
When we walked into the centre of the old town from the train station the first sight we came to was Wolf Tower and a stretch of city walls.
Znojmo's old town is wonderful just to wander aimlessly around. You will wander through lovely colourful streets, cafes, fountains, statues, churches.
Near Wolf's Tower there is a big open square containing a church, sometimes a market, a fountain, a plague column and some restaurants. You can see the town hall tower in the distance from here.
Unfortunately ther wasnt a season going on yet, so you must be satisfied with only a portrait of the house.