The Mendel University in Brno is located in the eastern part of the Czech Republic. Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic by population and area, the largest Moravian city, and the historical capital city of the Margraviate of Moravia. It lies at the confluence of the Svitava and Svratka rivers and has about 400,000 inhabitants; it’s greater metropolitan area is home to more than 800,000 people while it’s larger urban zone had a population of about 730,000 in 2004.
The city is a significant administrative centre. It is the seat of a number of state authorities, including the Constitutional Court. Brno is also an important centre of higher education, with 33 faculties belonging to 13 institutes of higher learning and about 89,000 students.
The most visited sights of the city include the Špilberk castle and fortress and the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul on Petrov hill, two medieval buildings that dominate the cityscape and are often depicted as it’s traditional symbols. The other large preserved castle near the city is Veveří Castle towering over Brno Reservoir. This castle is the site of a number of legends, as are many other places in Brno. Another architectural monument of Brno is the functionalist Villa Tugendhat, which has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. One of the natural sights nearby is the Moravian Karst.
Brno Exhibition Centre ranks among the largest exhibition centres in Europe (23rd in the world). The complex opened in 1928 and established the tradition of large exhibitions and trade fairs held in Brno. Brno hosts motorbike and other races on the Masaryk Circuit, a tradition established in 1930, in which the Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix is one of the most prestigious races. Another cultural tradition is an international fireworks competition, Ignis Brunensis, which usually attracts tens of thousands of daily visitors.
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