St. James' Church, Brno

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Saint James` church is a late Gothic three-nave church situated in James' square in the centre of Brno, in Czech Republic. Its history starts in the beginning of the 13th century. The church was categorized as a national monument in 1995.
The church was founded for German inhabitants who lived in this part of the town in the 13th century. There is visible the painted heraldry of mother superior from Oslavany Cistercian monastery with the date 1220 on the vault of the presbytery. This date recalls the consecration of the smaller Romanesque church that once stood here before this late Gothic St. James's church and it used to serve Flemish and German colonists. There are no remains of this church. There was a cemetery documented around the church in the 14th century, which was extended bit by bit in the following years.
During 1368–1405, some chapels were built around the church and these chapels created a unique urbanistic complex. The oldest one was Saint Morris's chapel from the year 1352, and among others were the chapel of Christ's body (1369), Saint Ursuline's chapel and the Assumption of the Virgin chapel (1413), and the so-called New chapel from the year 1428, Saint Trinity chapel (1463) and Saint Dorothy's chapel, which is in the cemetery (1465). The chapel of Christ's body was marked as being connected to the church. Brno citizens made gifts and bequests to these chapels. They also used to give contributions for building costs; however, the main burden of cost was borne by the Cistercian monastery in Oslavany.
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  • I really like this church. It is very spacious, bright and has an interesting history. I always recommend a trip to the tower.
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  • It was a short visit compare to other churches seen, and to breath a spiritual atmosphere, soothing little bit in our daily pace, between our lunch and moving to visit the business event near... We vi...  more »
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  • This will talk a relatively short period of time to see. It is fascinating and sad all at once. There is music that is playing softly from speakers to add a respectful tone to the presence of human bones. I had never experienced a place like this. The bones are arranged in various ways, and create patterns in columns and walls. You can buy tickets right at the location of the Ossuary at Saint Peter's Cathedral. Many people here died from Cholera and the Plague. As many as 50,000 skeletons are amassed here.
  • Beautiful church in the center of Brno. You can climb the tower and see the bells and the organ from close. There is also an ossuary.
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