Today's generations is reminded of values that need to be protected. The Jewish cemetery is a silent reminder of the life of one nationality, ostracised in the past and encountering difficult fate. The lives of many were violently cut-off, others finished their life´s journey peacefully. The cemetery is graced by typical Judaic tombstones with the oldest date of 1631, in the total number of three thousand. Its area and the number of graves (11,000) ranks it among the largest in our country.
The gravestones themselves document by their visual concept the development of a Jewish tombstone up to the 1940´s. Also worth seeing are large family crypts but also small gravestones, giant obelisks or baroque tombstones. In the first half of a tombstone is usually chiselled a relief associated with the family, employment of character of the deceased. There is also a memorial to the victims of racial genocide during World War II.
If you visit Třebíč, remember to explore the luxury Romanesque-Gothic religious building. It was founded at a time when France discovered the Gothic beauty, but in Germany such buildings are reminiscent of classical antiquity.
The luxurious basilica initially reflected the German influences, but after twenty years of work, in 1241, there was a turning point. There appear the first elongated windows, daring octagonal vaults, rosette window like in the Chartres Cathedral. It served religious activities for 200 years, but in 1462 it perished in fire and with the evicting of the last monks it begins in the 15th century to have a secular character. Therefore a brewery was established within the basilica, later also stables, the castle kitchen and a laundry. Return to its original purpose and faded glory was again achieved thanks to the noble family of Waldstein, who in the 17th century appointed the experienced architect Kaňka to renovate the building.
The aforementioned monuments highlight the majesty of human life. They are values of the high aesthetics with a spiritual dimension. Look at luxury in a different way.