Sunday, September 21, 2014

Brno Underground

Zelný trh (the cabbage market) is one of Brno's oldest city squares.  Prior to receiving its current name in the 15th century, it used to be called the Upper Market back in the 13th century. 

Under the square are Baroque era cellars that were primarily used to brew beer, store food, age wine barrels and as a refuge during war.  Basically a tiny underground city.

In 2009 there was a major renovation, financed by the city and the EU, to preserve the labyrinth under the square.  The underground opened to the public in April 2011 and there are daily guided group tours. 

The tour lasts 45 minutes as you walk through the 700 year old tunnels which are 7 to 8 meters (23 - 26 feet) under the square.  The tours are in Czech but there are audio guides available in other languages.

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