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Hrad Veveří

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  • Vilda

    According to legend, the castle Veveří ("squirrel" in Czech) was founded by Přemyslid Duke Conrad of Brno in the middle of the 11th Century, then only as a hunting lodge. Nevertheless, the first credible recorded mention about the castle is from the years 1213 and 1222, when King Přemysl Otakar I used the fortified castle as a prison for rebellious peers. Initially, it was apparently a wooden residence situated near the church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary west of the present compound. In the 1220s a stone castle on the extremity of the rocky promontory behind a deep moat cut out of the rock started to grow. The so-called keep is the only structure which has remained well-preserved from this oldest building stage.

  • Vilda

    Veveří Castle lies in the west of Brno's Bystrc district, about 12 kilometers northwest of the center of Brno, on a rocky promontory above the Brno Dam, which is supplied by the river Svratka. It is one of the largest and oldest castles not only in Moravia but also throughout the Czech Republic. The most beautiful views of the castle offer visitors the deck of cruise ships passing under the castle on the reservoir of Brno. The chapel of the Mother of God from the end of the 12th century is located from the castle, along the driveway to the western entrance gate.

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  • Elevation310 m