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March 13, 2019

Czech Republic: Třebíč, Jewish Quarter and St Procopius’ Basilica


Třebíč, St Procopius’ Basilica

It was rainy, chilly, and brisk when we arrived in Třebíč. The climatic conditions added to the somber mood of the visit.

Třebíč is located in the south central area of the Czech Republic. The commune is on the opposite side of Telč, our next overnight stop, from our last stop in Český Krumlov. Nevertheless, schedule-wise it was best for us to drive the additional 20 minutes in the drizzle to visit Třebíč and backtrack to Telč for a two-night stay afterwards.

The motivation to see Třebíč’s came from its inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Since 2003 Třebíč’s “Jewish Quarter and St Procopius’ Basilica” has been a World Heritage site. The UNESCO inscription notes Třebíč as a place where Jews and Christians prospered together from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Indeed Třebíč’s main church and its Jewish ghetto are in close proximity; they can both be easily seen in a short walking tour.

A map of the UNESCO areas of Třebíč

Details inside the abandoned synagogue

Třebíč’s Jewish Quarter is not unlike Jewish ghettos throughout Europe: The quarters are tight and the houses are compact. Ghettos are typically smaller and more densely populated than the nearby Christian urban areas built in the same era. In general life in the ghettos seems less affluent or at least less grandiose.

Though Jews and Christians once lived together in Třebíč in relative harmony it is no longer the case. Today few if any Jews live in Třebíč’s ghetto. It is not just Třebíč. It is the same story elsewhere in this part of Europe. In 1930 Czechoslovakia’s had a Jewish population of 354,000. As of 1990 there were only 7,800 Jewish inhabitants. In between was the Holocaust.

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We visited Třebíč at the beginning of October 2018.

A Renaissance-style painted house in Třebíč

Details up close

The other side of the St Procopius’ Basilica

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  1. […] the rough start and a drizzly stop in Třebíč we ended up for the night in the town of Telč(pronounced “telch”). In 1992 UNESCO inscribed […]

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