GO TO BRNO’S CITY CENTRE (LONG TOUR)

Malinovsky Square (Malinovského náměstí)

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  • Dominated by the Neo-Renaissance Mahen Theatre

  • Brno House of Arts located near the theatre

  • Replica of Zemanova Café built in a nearby park

Named after Soviet marshal who liberated Brno in April 1945

This square, featuring several large buildings and a sculpture, is also known as Maliňák. The Renaissance Revival style Mahenovo divadlo (the Mahen Theatre) was built in 1881 and 1882, based on a design by Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer. It was the first theatre in Europe completely fitted with electric bulbs, called ‘edisonky’ in Czech. This fact is commemorated by a three-metre wire sculpture, Pocta T. A. Edisonovi (Tribute to T. A. Edison), which looks like four intertwined bulbs.

Palác Morava (the Moravia Palace), a large building constructed from 1926 to 1935, was originally intended as a hotel. Instead, it has served multiple purposes over the years, with a cinema, shops, and various businesses. Dům umění města Brna (the Brno House of Arts) is another remarkable building, originally constructed from 1908 to 1911. In 1946, it was renovated according to a design by Bohuslav Fuchs. It currently hosts exhibitions.

Obchodní dům Centrum (the Centrum Department Store) in Kobližná Street, which was planned as the first European skyscraper, is another notable building in this area.

On Jánská Street, opposite to Centrum, stands a large school built in 1858–1859, designed by Ludwig Förster. Johann Gregor Mendel gave the first lecture introducing his findings in genetics there in 1865.

Address and contact

Malinovského náměstí
60200 Brno

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