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JESUIT COLLEGE AND GYMNASIUM

16. JESUIT COLLEGE AND GYMNASIUM
- A CENTRE OF RE-ESTABLISHED CATHOLIC FAITH AND EDUCATION –
Znojmo in the Renaissance period was mainly a Protestant city. After the ominous Battle of White Mountain at the outbreak of the Thirty Years’ War (1620), the city was still being labelled as a “heretic lair”. However, the Viennese Imperial Court meant to re-establish Roman-Catholicism in Moravia thoroughly. The new Catholic owner of the Vranov nad Dyjí and Jaroslavice domains Michal Adolf Count von Althan, following the instructions of Emperor Leopold I, invited the Jesuits to Znojmo and founded a college near St Michael’s Church (May 1624). The Jesuits were said to be very successful in persuading common people of the “the correct faith”, and also, they pursued spreading general education. The seat of the Jesuit College, a beautiful Late Renaissance building, now belongs to the State Archives. Not far from the college the Jesuits established a gymnasium, a grammar school, the third institute of its kind in Moravia (after Olomouc and Brno). A special seminar was held for poor students, too. In 1679, when Vienna was suffering from plague, Emperor Leopold I moved to the Znojmo College for a few days to take shelter from the deadly disease. Among Jesuit students was Prokopius Divisch who in the first half of the 18th century invented the first lightning conductor in Europe.

A CENTRE OF RE-ESTABLISHED CATHOLIC FAITH AND EDUCATION –

Znojmo in the Renaissance period was mainly a Protestant city. After the ominous Battle of White Mountain at the outbreak of the Thirty Years’ War (1620), the city was still being labelled as a “heretic lair”. However, the Viennese Imperial Court meant to re-establish Roman-Catholicism in Moravia thoroughly. The new Catholic owner of the Vranov nad Dyjí and Jaroslavice domains Michal Adolf Count von Althan, following the instructions of Emperor Leopold I, invited the Jesuits to Znojmo and founded a college near St Michael’s Church (May 1624). The Jesuits were said to be very successful in persuading common people of the “the correct faith”, and also, they pursued spreading general education. The seat of the Jesuit College, a beautiful Late Renaissance building, now belongs to the State Archives. Not far from the college the Jesuits established a gymnasium, a grammar school, the third institute of its kind in Moravia (after Olomouc and Brno). A special seminar was held for poor students, too. In 1679, when Vienna was suffering from plague, Emperor Leopold I moved to the Znojmo College for a few days to take shelter from the deadly disease. Among Jesuit students was Prokopius Divisch who in the first half of the 18th century invented the first lightning conductor in Europe.         


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