Rotunda of St. Catherine in the area of Znojmo Castle

Rotunda of St. Catherine in the area of Znojmo Castle

Rotunda of St. Catharine is a unique Romanesque monument from 11 th century. Rotunda was built probably around year 1100 by Bretislas I. as a part of Znojmo Castle and originally was dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

 

History of Rotunda of St. Catherine

 

Rotunda of St. Catherine in Znojmo is unique by well-preserved Romanesque wall paintings dating from 1134. These paintings are focused on the ideology of the state and are exceptional throughout all Romanesque art in Europe. During the restoration work was in 1947 a Latin inscription discovered. Inscription states that in 1134 Prince Conrad II. the founder of Znojmo, changed the statute of Virgin Mary rotunda and dedicated the rotunda to St. Catherine.

 

Most of the buildings in front of the Znojmo castle was demolished in 1710 in order to make space to build the middle class brewery. Rotunda of St. Catherine was saved from demolition, but gradually it served as a warehouse, barn, basketry workshop or a dance floor and beer tavern.

 

The rotunda was restored in 1888 and today a National Historic Landmark Rotunda of St. Catherine is frequently visited by tourist within Znojmo castle tour.

20.9.2012 | Prague guide | Cities |
Rotunda of St. Catherine in the area of Znojmo Castle
Rotunda of St. Catherine in the area of Znojmo Castle
Rotunda of St. Catherine in the area of Znojmo Castle
Rotunda of St. Catherine in the area of Znojmo Castle
Rotunda of St. Catherine in the area of Znojmo Castle
Rotunda of St. Catherine in the area of Znojmo Castle
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