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Secret underground of the CR – Moravia and Silesia

photo: Znojmo (czechtourism.com)

Underground corridors and cellars, mines, galleries, tunnels and even German factories – you can find all these things not only in the Czech Republic, but also in many other European countries. The underground was popular in the past especially due to its many practical advantages, as it is convenient for storing food, as a hiding place or emergency exit when there was imminent danger. Now, we would like to invite you to discover the best-known underground premises in the CR.

We will focus on eastern Czech Republic in Moravia and Silesia this time.

Best-known historical underground premises in Moravia:

The Znojmo Underground is one of the vastest underground labyrinths in central Europe (Map) and dates back to the 14th century. This system of underground corridors and cellars is nearly 27 km long and consists of 4 floors. Throughout the centuries, it has served as a sanctuary for the city’s inhabitants as well as a deathly trap for its aggressors.

The Jihlava Underground Corridors are the second largest labyrinth on the territory of the Czech Republic (Map), right behind the Znojmo Underground with its total length reaching 25 km. The corridors are dug into rock on several levels. They are spread underneath nearly the entire historical centre of the city. During the Thirty Years’ War, one of the corridors leading to the city ramparts served as an emergency exit trail.

The Capuchin Crypt in Brno was a part of the Capuchin monastery in Brno on Capuchin Square (Map). It is located in the basement of the monastery. It was built in the middle of the 18th century and its creation is attributed to the builder Mořic Grimm. The crypt is a protected monument and contains dried mummies of Capuchin monks and other personalities from the period.

The Labyrinth under Zelný trh in Brno is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Brno (Map). The system of cellars, corridors, alcoves and recesses was gradually created under particular houses from the Middle Ages until the modern era, while most were created in the baroque era. They served mainly for storing food, aging beer and wine in barrels, as well as a hiding place during periods of war. The reconstructed Labyrinth under Zelný trh was made accessible to the public in April 2011.

The Valtice Underground is a unique labyrinth (Map) of reconstructed parts of the historically interconnected wine cellars with a total length of 760 m. Its creation dates back to 1289 and is connected with the founding of the Minorite monastery.

Author: Romana Kuncová
Added: 29.08.2012

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