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Špilberk Castle / Hrad Špilberk (Brno, South Moravia)
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team
N 49° 11.667 E 016° 35.949
33U E 616507 N 5450303
Quick Description: Špilberk, originally Gothic royal castle founded in the 13th century, was during the 17th century rebuilt into the most important Baroque fortress in Moravia and later to the most feared prison of the Empire called also "Prison of Nations".
Location: Jihomoravský kraj, Czechia
Date Posted: 11/10/2014 1:55:12 PM
Waymark Code: WMMVRM
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
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Long Description:

Špilberk, originally Gothic royal castle founded in the 13th century, was during the 17th century rebuilt into the most important Baroque fortress in Moravia and later to the most feared prison of the Empire called also "Prison of Nations".

Špilberk is one of the two most important dominant features of the Moravian capital and a place which became synonymous with the most horrific of dungeons throughout the whole of Europe is nowadays one of the most valuable monuments in Brno.

Špilberk’s importance and role changed fundamentally over the course of the centuries. This leading royal castle and seat of the Moravian margraves, gradually transformed into a monumental Baroque fortress, the toughest prison of the Austrian monarchy and later a military barracks. Nowadays it is home to Brno City Museum and one of the most important cultural centres in the city.

Špilberk was founded in the middle of the 13th century by the Czech king Premysl Otakar II. He conceived its construction on a very grand scale, both as firm support for his power and also as a dignified seat for the rulers of Moravia. However, it made its mark on history mostly as a prison for the toughest and most dangerous of criminals. It was not only "regular" murderers, thieves or arsonists who did their time here, but also so-called state prisoners. This concerned people from the upper classes such as Italian nationalists or people fighting against Habsburg absolutism. The list of most famous prisoners at Špilberk for example includes the Austrian commanders Bonneval and Wallis or the famous Colonel Franz Trenck. The Italian poet Silvio Pellico also spent eight years here against his will, during which time he wrote "My Prisons", a book which made the name Špilberk famous all over Europe. An exhibition is housed here nowadays, where you can gain an insight into the history of Špilberk as the famous "Prison of Nations". Everybody can walk through the crowded and dark rooms here, which came to be feared all across Europe.

More info You can fin here www.spilberk.cz.

Address:
Brno City Museum
Špilberk 210/1
Brno, Czech Republic
662 24


Open to the public: Yes

Hours:
Summer season: 1st May - 30th September Monday - Sunday 10:00 -18:00 Winter season: 1st October - 30th April Tuesday - Sunday 9:00 - 17:00


Fees?:
Adults: 90 Kč Children, students, seniors: 50 Kč Family: 205 Kč


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