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Museum of Literature in Moravia

The premises of the Benedictine monastery in Rajhrad near Brno have a majestic effect. Jan Blažej Santini-Aichel, a famous Prague architect of radical Baroque was at its origination. His work also includes Saint Jan Johan Nepomucky pilgrimage church at the Zelená hora by Žďár nad Sázavou and Church of Virgin Mary’s Birth in Křtiny, closters in Plasy and Kladruby, the Thun Palace in Prague – the seat of the Czech Parliament and many others. The pearl of the complex of monasteries is the monumental nave of Saint Peter&Paul’s church. It is forty meters long and thirty meters high while vaulted in four domes.

The whole complex of the Benedictine monastery has been under reconstruction for last couple of years which made its opening for general public possible, for the first time in its history. Visitors have therefore an opportunity to visit both Benedictine Monastery and Museum of Literature in Moravia that has its seat in Rajhrad since 2005.

Museum of Literature in Moravia is mainly about literature originated in Moravia. The most important people of Moravia such as Petr Bezruč, T. G.Masaryk, Mrštík brothers, journalist Jan Ohéral, great Czech poets Jakub Deml, Vítězslav Nezval or from the younger ones Jan Skácel, novelist Milan Kundera and others are introduced in their complexity. Literature written in different Moravian dialects and Moravian bibliophilic prints are not forgotten either. As every museum The Museum of Literature in Moravia is a specialized workplace and therefore serves as a scientific site for both amateurs and scientists, experts, students and research workers (The library collection offers more than 65 000 books…).

The deep experience crowning the visit of the Museum and Monastery is offered by the Monastery Library. Such spirit can not be felt neither in any chateau halls nor in protected premises. Dazzling fearless dome architecture with ceiling fresco paintings, opulent stucco decoration and plenty of bookshelves. Books can be seen everywhere. Dozens of thousands of books are kept here bound in covers made of white pigskin with two clasps. One must admire and feel humble in front of more than twenty thousand books that capture the evolution of mankind’s culture and knowledge.

Contact

Museum of Literature in Moravia
Klášter 1
664 61 Rajhrad
Phone no:. +420 547 229 136
Fax: +420 547 229 895
Cash desk: +420 547 229 126
E-mail: prohlidky.rajhrad@muzeumbrnenska.cz.

Web: www.muzeumbrnenska.cz

Attractions in the trip destination

  • The Monastery premises
  • Museum of Literature in Moravia, seasonal exhibitions
  • Historical Library of the Benedictine Monastery

Other services

  • Souvenirs and gifts
  • Restaurant „Klášterní taverna u Benediktinů“ (+420 547 211 050)

Special offers and events

  • „Hidden Memory of Moravia“ – Literature Competition for young authors held annually
  • The Museum of Literature in Moravia’s Friend Club
  • Electronic catalogue of libraries on the website of Museum Brněnska

Opening hours

OPEN ALL YEAR ROUD
May – September 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed on Monday)
October – April: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (closed on Monday)

Group entry can be reserved by calling +420 547 229 126 or sending an e-mail to prohlidky.rajhrad@muzeumbrnenska.cz.


Guided tours

Guided tours of the premises, tours in different languages are available according to the


Prices

Memorial - exposition, historic library, occasional exhibitions
Full admission 70 CZK
Pensioners 53 CZK
Pupils, students, holders of ISIC, ITIC, IYTC, EURO<26 35 CZK
Disabled (card holders) free entrance
Discount for holders „Family pass“ or „Familienpas“


Tips for trips in the surrounding areas

  • Slavkov Battlefield
  • Ivančice

Barrier-free access

Hoisting device is available for physically disabled visitors, to both expositions and exhibitions on the first floor of Monestary. There are also bathrooms for disabled people.