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Brno: The city of culture knowledge and taste of life!

On Autumn of this year, I’ll start studying European Studies at Masaryk University of Brno, Czech Republic and as it’ll be the first time in my life to travel and to live without my family, I tried to learn more about life in Brno.

Quick search is enough to know that you are lucky if you get a chance to study and to live in Brno, deep search will take you to higher phase!

Life style in Brno, what can you do there? Where to go? Culture, etc.. just read my report.

Some important monuments will be from my first destinations when I arrive to Brno as it has a major art collection dating back to the 14th century fills the Moravian Gallery in the Governor’s Palace. Nearby is the Moravian Museum, with exhibits of regional history and culture from prehistoric to modern times.

Brno is known for its distinctive buildings, like the restored Villa Tugendhat which completed in 1930 by architect Mies van der Rohe. The medieval Špilberk Castle houses a city museum, gardens and a former prison with vaulted tunnels.

The Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul has baroque altars, a 14th-century statue of the Madonna and Child, and city views from its steeple.

The Technical Museum in Brno has a collection ranging from vehicles to electron microscopes and music machines. The St. James Church Ossuary is a large burial complex with the bones and skulls of victims of wars and plagues. Nearby, tours with guides in period costumes explore the Labyrinth Under the Cabbage Market, an underground network of cellars below the still-functioning marketplace.

Brno day, a beautiful lady of 373 years old!

This month (August 2018) Brno celebrating its 373rd-anniversary which will take place over two weekends on Petrov and Špilberk, the two hills of Brno.

On the first weekend of August 11 and 12, there will be a spiritual programme in and around Petrov cathedral. During the week between the main weekends, there will be an entertainment programme for children and workshops. (See the event on Facebook for details).

On Saturday, August 18, Brno’s celebrations culminate in a historical battle re-enactment with troops on Špilberk.

In 1645, during the final phase of the Thirty Years’ War, Brno was the only city that successfully fended off the Swedish expansion. Brno resisted the three-month siege (May, 3–August, 23), and thus prevented the advance to Vienna, allowing the Austrian Empire to reform its army and repel the Swedes according to ‘Brno Daily’.

Moravian Karst: Place of 1100 Caves and 120,000 years old!

Moravian Karst is one of the best-explored limestone cave systems in Europe, Moravian Karst consists of several hundred caves in a densely wooded area with canyons, underground rivulets and deep cliffs, according to trip advisor website.

Moravský Kras is the largest and the most important karst area in the Czech Republic. The karst area consists of Devon limestone lying northward from Brno. The landscape character is formed by plateaus with many sinkholes separated by deep canyon grooves. Most of the water flow coming from the non-karstified part of the Drahanská uplands vanishes underground where the limestone area begins.

Nature Conservation Agency of the Czech Republic said that the water-flow created various cave labyrinths here during the long geological evolution. The northern part of Moravský Kras is drained by the Punkva River and its tributaries.

The Amatérská cave complex is to be found here, stretching for almost 35 km when contiguous caves are included, making it one of the largest cave systems in Europe. In the central part of Moravský Kras, Rudické sinking-Býčí rock is the main cave system, which is 12 km long. Ochozská cave, 2 km long, is the most famous cave in the southern part of the area.  In total there are more than 1,100 caves in Moravský Kras.

In most of them, traces of ancient life and social development have been conserved. Inside Kůlna cave there is evidence of the most ancient settlement ever discovered in Moravský Kras, that of Neanderthal man 120,000 years ago. Discoveries of engravings of horses and bison in Pekárna cave are also remarkable.

They were made by horse and reindeer hunters and they are estimated to be from 11,000 to 13,000 years old. The caves are also the main tourism attraction. The following caves are open to the public: Punkevní, Kateřinská, Balcarka and Sloupsko-šošůvské. About 400,000 people visit them every year.

Unique fauna and flora occur here due to the bedrock, broken terrain and the location on the border between the Panonian and Hercynian biogeographical regions. Cave fauna is remarkable.

Moravian Museum: Story of 5 million objects!

If you are interested in anthropology, archaeology, zoology, botany, numismatics, literature or music, then you must find your way to the Moravian Museum in Brno, which a respectable number of interesting items from the natural and social sciences are concentrated.

The Moravian Museum is the biggest, as well as the oldest, museum in Moravia. It was established in Brno in 1817 by a decree issued by Emperor Francis I as Františkovo muzeum (the Francis Museum). Currently, it is funded by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and is a member of the Czech Association of Museums and Galleries.

Its collections contain over six million objects across the range of the natural and social sciences, and one of its most famous pieces is the Venus of Dolní Věstonice.

Nowadays it contains over six million items. Take a closer look at prehistoric life in Pavilon Anthropos where you will see a life-size mammoth and all the things a prehistoric family had to face. Immerse yourself in the world of the musical composer Leoš Janáček in his preserved study. You will also learn more about the “Teacher of Nations” John Amos Comenius and about Mendel’s research legacy.

 

Brno dam; Generate electric and relaxation!

The Brno Dam is a hydraulic structure on the Svratka River but also the body of water around it is a favorite getaway spot for sport, relaxation, and recreation.

This area is also known by the nickname Prýgl. Go to Brno portal describe that the dam was built between 1936 and 1940, and the body of water covers an area of 250 hectares. In the past, it served as a water reserve as well as a source of electric power. Lined by vast woods along both sides, it is suitable for swimming and watersports as well as for hiking and cycling. In winter, the frozen lake makes an ideal location for skiers and skaters alike.

Veveří Castle, towering on a rock above the water, is a popular destination, and the Brno Zoo is another nearby attraction.

The Brno Public Transport Authority operates several boats that travel between the wharf in Bystrc and Veverská Bítýška.

The area around the water has numerous summer houses, guesthouses, hotels, restaurants, and cosy pubs, and the water itself is lined with beaches featuring children’s playgrounds, sports areas, and boat rentals.

One of Brno’s largest annual events, the Ignis Brunensis fireworks competition, takes place here in May and June, with fireworks launched from a floating dock on the water.

Masaryk University: 100 years of knowledge and characters!

At the end of this report I’ve to confess that I thought a lot to finalize my university studying in different countries, Germany, UK, Finland and also my country Egypt. I visited several websites, but my father told me; don’t search only for some university but a complete environment of education, culture and a community which you can learn from and which also you can add to!

When I read about Masaryk University, I could know very clear how it’s really different and they know well the role of the university as part of a city and country!

Next January 2019, Masaryk University will complete its 100 Years old, where "An act unanimously adopted on 28 January 1919 approves the establishment of the university in Brno along with its four founding faculties: Law, Medicine, Science and Arts. Karel Engliš becomes the university's first rector." Official website of Masaryk university.

Masaryk University wrote at the introduction of its website: ‘We believe that education is not just a matter of age or social status. We actively support research. We are open-minded and dedicated to influencing the lives of people around us.’!


Sources: Official Czech websites
Photos: Different open source

 

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