The Znojmo Catacombs are a series of subterranean passageways located beneath the city of Znojmo, in the Czech Republic. The underground tunnels were built to protect and shelter people in times of war, and inbuilt traps, such as inescapable pits and choke points, ensured no invaders would escape the catacombs alive.
Although the passageways of this underground labyrinth (considered by some as one of the largest in Central Europe) have been commonly referred to as ‘catacombs’, it is in fact a misnomer, as catacombs are usually associated with the dead and burials. In the Znojmo Catacombs, however, there is no evidence at present that they were used for human burials. Instead, the Znojmo Catacombs were utilized as shelters during times of war.
Znojmo is a historical city located in the South Moravian Region in the Czech Republic, 190 km (118 miles) to the southeast of the country’s capital, Prague. This city is well-known for many reasons, including its pickled cucumbers, wine, and the Battle of Znaim in 1809, during which the French under Napoleon Bonaparte defeated the Austrians under Archduke Charles. The Znojmo Catacombs are said to have been built during the Middle Ages, several hundred years before this battle took place.
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