October 28th, 2021
Hight's Sabbatical Pictures

Part 27: Brno


Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic and home to Masaryk University. This is the town square during a vegetable market day. The center statue is of Hades, with cerebrus the three-headed dog on a chain inside the opening.

The Czechs drink more beer per capita than any other nation in the world. Here is a small jazz band playing, sponsored by Starobrno beer - which they were selling just before 10 o'clock in the morning. Starobrno, by the way, is excellent, although I did not have any here. :)

In another plaza in Brno - catholic statuary is common throughout the country.

Paula in the courtyard outside a Capuchin crypt. Inside are the remains of 30-40 persons, all preserved remarkably well by a ventilation system - no embalming.

Brno is perhaps most famous for the presence of Spilberk Castle - one time Spilberk prison. The Hapsburgs used the fortification to keep political prisoners. Napoleon converted it to a civilian prison and partially destroyed some of its fortifications. The battle of Austerlitz (1805) was fought not too far from here.

When I first arrived in Estonia, Paul got me hooked on 'Svjeck' a character from a Hasek novel. Svjeck is a solider in the first world war and the novel is a mildly anarchical protest against the absurdities of government. Anyway, we found this allegedly famous Svjeck bar in Brno (you can see the picture of Svjeck over the doorway) and had lunch here.

The entryway to Spilberk castle. The grounds and displays inside were interesting and impressive.

A picture mostly for Max - Spilberk had a bad reputation as a place where people were tortured. Most of those stories turned out to be false, but they had some neat displays of the kinds of tortures that might have been done there, had they been so inclined at that period of time (in the18th and 19th centuries).

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