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- Jakubské nám. 11, 602 00 Brno-střed, Czechia
- Working hours*:
Monday - Saturday: 8:00 and 19:00.
Sunday: 8:00, 9:30, 11:00, 19:00.
- * - opening and closing times as well as entrance prices, are subject to alterations without notice. Visitors are advised to check before visiting.
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This building, outwardly practically unchanged since its construction (end of the 16th century), is the most valuable landmark of the late Gothic in Bohemia.
An essential element of the St. Yakuba is a 92-meter tower. It was she who marked the completion of all construction. And on the south window of the building, there is a small figurine of a peasant showing his naked back in the direction of the Old Town Hall. They say that this is how one of the builders, A. Pilgram, showed his attitude towards the city authorities, who did not pay him extra for his work. But it turned out that the peasant was not alone there! In the 19th, they carried out restoration work, and when they looked at the scandalous decor from above, they realized: these are figurines of a man and a woman. Looking at the blissful face of the female figure, it becomes immediately clear what they are doing.
And inside the church, St. Jakuba atmosphere of awe and grandeur:
- Tall Gothic columns
- Elongated stained glass windows around the entire perimeter of the building
- Pulpit with images of scenes from the Bible
Catholic church of St. Jacob is active. It is open daily.
Admission is free. Everyone can go to see the interior decoration. But during the memorial prayer, wedding and baptism, outsiders are not allowed.
In 2001, under the Church of St. Jacob, across the entire width of the nave (25 m), a large-scale ossuary was discovered - the second largest in Europe (after the Parisian one). The number of those buried exceeds 50,000!
For almost 500 years, on today's Jacob's Square, there was the largest cemetery in Brno, practically surrounding the church. But there were still not enough places for burials in the city, so the graves were located in layers one above the other: after 10-12 years, the remains from the old burial were raised, making room for a new one. A raised bones piled in the ossuary.
Groups of up to 20 people are allowed to an excursion to the ossuary every day, except Monday. Opening hours - from 9:30 to 18:00. The ticket costs 140 CZK.
The Church of St. Jacob and the ossuary located in the city centre are Jakubske Namesti 2, Brno 602 00, Czech Republic.