Old Jewish Quarter with medieval town , castle and chateau, that is one of purest Empire styles in Europe.
Order Tour Code: C EE4
Boskovice Jewish Quarter
The Jewish Quarter is of one of the most complex urban Jewish settlements in our country, the Maior Synagogue and the Old Jewish Cemetery survived as well.
A combination with Trebic and Kolin Jewish Quarters, or Pernstejn castle is available.
8 HOUR ROUND TRIP
Boskovice Jewish Quarter
Jews were first mentioned in Boskovice in the middle of the fourteenth century. The Jewish quarter is situated in an area of approx 5 hectin the area between the chateau and the square. The buildings mostly date from the first half of the nineteenth century when majority of the quarter was rebuilt follwing the fire of 1823. Decorative elements whit were used on the plaster of the chateau were scroll cinsoles, paintings above windows, decorative gardens and toothet cuts, There are only 79 houses left standing form originally 138. There are so-called "Mezuza", ritual bath for purification"mikva" stone portáls at several houses and characteristic alements of Jewish housing. The Jewish quarter proof of one of the most complex urban Jewish settlements in our country (there are Jewish quarters in other Czech towns, for example, Třebíč).
The Maior Synagogue
It was built in 1698 on the site of the originyl Renaissance synagogue. It is arched with a monastery vaulted arch, and richly decorated with frescoes. It the nineteenth century it was rebuilt in Gothic style along with the parish church of St. James the Elder.
The Jewish Cemetery
It was founded in the first half of the seventeenth century. There are about 2500 standing or lying tombstenes in an area of 1,5 hect. The oldest one dates back to 1640. The famous rabbi Samuel ha - Levi, called Macharit ha - Schekel is buried here.
Boskovice Medieval Town
The Parish Church of St. James the Elder
The church was first mentioned in 1346. The church was rebuilt several times around 1500 a.d. , and was finally rebuilt into its present late - Gothic style. The inside of the church is dividet into a triple nave, decorated by paintings from the middle of the nineteenth century. There are several Renaissance and early Baroque tombstones of the Eder House, the Morkovský House, and the Dietrichštejn House located in the presbytery (including the tallest tombstone in Meravia 7 metres). The tower is 41 meter height.
The small Church of All Saints
It was first mentioned in the beginning of the sixteenth century. The building has got a flat ceiling with arched presbytery and is located in the erea of the former cemetery. There are no iternal decorations except from the metal edged late Renaissance pulpit.
On the boundary of Malá Haná (Little Haná) and Drahanská vrchovina (Drahanská Highlands) up on high of 460 meters above sea level rises a romantic ruin of Gothic-Reneissance Boskovice castle.
The first mention of the Boskovice castle dates back to the first half of the 13th century. It then belonged to the noble family of Lords of Boskovice. Their coats-of-arms with seven-tooth comb later became the emblem of Boskovice town.
Boskovice Chateau - one of purist Empire styles
It is situated on the original site of a Dominican monastory (whit was built during 1682 - 94 and demolished in 1784). It was formerly used as a dyeing factory for a short period, then in 1819 it was rebuili into a chateau in Imperial style (by architect Josef Esche). It was opened in 1826 and the Imperial style architecture is among the most distinctive in Moravia. In the nineteen - nineties it has been given back to the Mensdorff - Pouilly family, along with the castle, courtyard an mansion, and residences.
The Knights of Zástrizl who owned the castle from the middle of the 16th century carried out Renaissance reconstruction of the castle. At the end of the 17th century the noble family of Dietrichstein obtained the castle together with its estate.
The noble residence was left in the third of the 18th century, the roofs were pulled down and the masonry was used as building material for buildings in the town.
At present the castle is owned by the family of Mensdorff - Pouilly. Only remains of then huge castle palace have been preserved till today. There is a magnificent view of the beautiful local countryside from there. One of the attractions of the castle is the 26 meters deep well the treadle wheel which is technically interesting.
The Boskovice castle welcomes you with its round tower with Renaissance castellated wall.
At present the castle is owned by the Mensdorff - Pouilly family