Petrov

19. 7. 2013

Climb up Petrov and look out over the countryside!

It would be difficult to imagine the panorama of Brno without the two towers of the Cathedral of SS Peter and Paul. Petrov stands on a hill in the historical centre of the city and thus already welcomes all visitors to the city from afar. This location is a popular public place to this very day, where you can have a pleasant walk or just sit down and enjoy the peace and quiet.

The Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul stands on the foundations of a Gothic church dating back to the 13th century. Since that time, it has changed its appearance like few others in the Czech Republic. It did however always grow on the city and become an integral part of it. If you do not suffer from vertigo, climb one of the lookout towers; your bravery will be rewarded with a view of the beautiful Chapel of the Annunciation of the Lord with its rare altar made from ebony. The permanent exhibition in the cathedral treasury has sacral textiles, cups and a monstrance on display.

We’ll meet at noon! So at 11 o’clock!

One of the peculiarities of Petrov is the ringing out of noon, which sounds out from the cathedral every day at 11 o’clock in remembrance of the year 1645 when the city was held under siege by the Swedish army during the Thirty Years War. Legend has it that the Swedish general declared after three and a half months that if he was unable to conquer the city by the time Petrov rang the bells for noon, he would end the siege and withdraw. The people of Brno thus used a ruse and rang out noon one hour earlier. The Swedish army withdrew, unable to capture the city.

 

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