Třebíč – a town of tolerance
Jewish Quarter and St Procopius‘ Basilica in Třebíč
St Procopius‘ Basilica in Třebíč
Jews and Christians side by side, peaceful and friendly neighbours with different faiths but one destiny. Třebíč’s Jewish Quarter is one of the oldest and most valuable in the Czech Republic and is the only Jewish historical landmark outside Israel included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The preserved ground plan, which comprises 116 surviving houses and narrow alleyways, represents the original extent of the ghetto. You will find various kinds of tombstones in the Jewish cemetery in the centre of Třebíč, with their styles documenting the development of Jewish burial art from the Renaissance to Baroque to Classicism.
The oldest dates from 1625. The cemetery was created in close proximity to the Jewish quarter on the slope Hrádek – i.e., on a hill outside the town, following the Jewish tradition. Covering almost 12,000 square metres, it is one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in the Czech Republic. When in Třebíč be sure not to miss the Basilica of St Procopius, while the town’s Karlovo náměstí is one of the largest squares in the country. And climb the lookout tower at the Church of St Martin for a great view.
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Take the educational trail that leads you through one of Europe’s best preserved ghettos, a place that reflects the ingenuity of its inhabitants as regards usage of the space allotted to them. Get to know the stories of Třebíč’s Jewish settlement! Getting there from Prague: 180 km, 1:55 hrs, 2:45 hrs Nearby sights: • Zelená hora, Žďár nad Sázavou • The town of Znojmo • The town of Jihlava www.visittrebic.eu