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Kostel Nalezení svatého Kříže (Church of the Holy Cross)

  • Kapucínské nám. 5 Map It
  • Brno
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 01/23/2017

Fodor's Review

If you've ever wondered what a mummy looks like without its bandages, this church will hold the answer. Formerly part of the Capuchin Monastery, the Church of the Holy Cross combines a baroque form with a rather stark façade. Enter the krypta (crypt) in the basement and the mummified remains of some 200 nobles and monks from the late 17th and 18th centuries are displayed, ingeniously preserved by a natural system of air circulating through vents and chimneys. The best-known mummy is Colonel František Trenck, commander of the brutal Pandour regiment of the Austrian army, who, at least in legend, spent several years in the dungeons of Špilberk Castle before finding his final rest here in 1749. Experts have concluded that his head is real, contrary to stories of its removal by a thief. A note of caution about the crypt: the graphic displays can be frightening to children (and even some adults), so ask at the admission desk for a small brochure (60 Kč) with pictures that preview what's to come, or look at the postcards for sale. Locals simply refer to the building as the Capuchin Church.

Sight Information

Address:

Kapucínské nám. 5, Brno, South Moravian, Czech Republic

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Phone:

/542–213–232

Website: www.kapucini.cz

Sight Details:

  • 70 Kč, plus 30 Kč to take pictures

Published 01/23/2017

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