Svobody Square in Brno
The glass walls of the Omega Palace from 2008 stand right next to the Neo-Renaissance house “U Čtyř mamlasů”. This is what Brno’s most important square, recently restored, looks like today.
One of the most striking historic buildings is the Klein Palace, which was built in 1847–1848. The original residence belonged to a wealthy family which was in the railway construction business. It also paved the streets in Brno’s historic centre. Standing very close by is the Renaissance era palace known as the House of the Lords of Lipá. It was severely damaged during the Second World War but it was later restored. Both buildings are open to the public.
The square’s central element is the Plague Column from 1679. On it are statues of some of the saints that the residents of Brno prayed to during the epidemics of the era.
Recently, Svobody Square has become known as the location of a number of cultural and social events – from traditional Christmas markets to various food and drink-related festivals and other events showcasing traditional handicrafts to music or theatre performances.