Brno’s sacred history and present is presented by the Brno and its Temples project, organized by TIC BRNO in cooperation with the Bishopric of Brno, Christian parishes in Brno, the Jewish Community of Brno, and the Brno branch of the Jewish Museum in Prague. It includes guided tours and lectures about Brno churches and important personalities connected with the church, as well as the opportunity to visit 7 Brno churches. In mid-June, it will start with a concert with the Horňácko Music of Petr Mička.
“Brno has always been a place where several cultures and religions meet. Multiculturalism is part of Brno’s identity. We want to introduce this to visitors and enrich them with further insight into Brno’s history and present,” says Jana Janulíková, director of TIC BRNO. “This year, we cordially invite you to the opening concert with Horňácská Muzika by Petr Mička, which will take place on 16 June in the Garden of Eden at the Augustinian Abbey on Mendel Square. At the same time, you will also be able to visit the Museum of the Old Brno Abbey, where a rare original of Rubens’ painting Saint Augustine now hangs,” Janulíková invites.
From 15 June to 15 September, from Tuesday to Saturday, you can visit the Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, St. Thomas Church (both 13:30-17:30), J. A. Comenius Church and St. Michael Church (both 14:00-18:00 pm). The Minorite Church of St. John and Loreto will welcome visitors almost all day. Two special places will also open their doors – the youngest church in Brno, the Roman Catholic Parish Brno-Lesná (Saturdays from 14:00-17:00), and the oldest functioning church in Brno – St. Giles in Komárová (Saturdays and Sundays). The opening concert will take place on 16 June 2022 at 19:30 in the Paradise Courtyard of the Augustinian Abbey.
The project also includes guided walks. On a completely new route, suitable for parents with children, we will follow the Footsteps of the Brno Jewish Community. We will find out what the medieval ghetto looked like, where the former large synagogues used to stand, and why we don’t actually have any historical Jewish monuments in Brno. With other walks we will focus on the history of the Czech Brethren Church in Brno, the inconspicuous Church of the Holy Family in Grohova, the towers of Brno Cathedral, and several tours will introduce us to the Capuchin Monastery and tomb. Families with children (and others) can take advantage of the worksheets prepared for them, with which they can walk through the individual churches in Brno and get acquainted with their interesting features in a fun way.