CZ, Olomouc – A City of Unique Sights III
Upon seeing Dolni and Zerotinovo squares, we walked down several streets and found ourselves on Horni square again. Church of St Moritz is located near to it.
This Roman Catholic church of Gothic style is situated in the oldest part of the city. It was the main city church for a long time. It seems very massive at the first glance. But "modern" shopping mall and the surrounding buildings make the church less distinct. However, the construction of the shopping mall helped to unravel the remains of 11th century Romanesque rotund as well as some other historic architectonic pieces. The first written evidence on this sacral building comes from 1257. It is interesting for two prism towers, and its multiple vaulted three aisles. Inside there is a beautiful altar, colorful stained glasses, and the largest organ in Central Europe. A Renaissance tomb was built in the church in 1572. In 1726, a Loretochapel was added. In 1985, the Olivova Mountain sculptural group was added which meks it one of the most important late-Gothic sculptural pieces in the Czech Republic.
Upon the tour in the church, we set off to Vaclavske square. There is a dome, museum, and a huge cathedral. However, soon our walk was interrupted because we spotted Olomoucke tvaruzky cake shop. This non-traditional idea of how to use this world-famous delicacy to which Olomouc is place of origin was too tempting to resist. There we found delicacies made of puff pastry with foam with olomoucke tvaruzky as base ingredience. The tvaruzky were offered both sweetened and non-sweetened. Also, there were such specialties as "potato pancake", langos, hot dog, or fried tvaruzky. We didn't resist the temptation and tried it out. It was great. Yet we had too little time so we moved soon afterwards.
Couple of meters down the street we were interested by a mural depicting British King Eduard. He holds a selfie-stick. This art piece is just a manifest of Street Art Festival. If you like such art there is Lomena Gallery (in bended passageway) in a Baroque building. There you can see recent street art by young artists.
The National History Museum of Olomouc is the first Moravian museum opeend in 1883. There are several exhibitions displaying the history of city, nature of the region of Olomouc, famous personalities, inanimate nature, and art. The exhibitions are hosues at the buildings belonging to the kloister of St Klara and at the Jesuit college. The Church of Our Lady of the Snow also stands out. It has richly decorated facade and two towers. There is the Museum of Modern Art opposite to the church and the Music Theater. The latter focuses on art of the period from the beginning of the 20th century till the present. However, the visitors can also see some permanent expositions there.
All the aforementioned institutions of culture are situated around the triangle-shaped Republiky Square (originally Marianske Square). The square is surrounded by the buildings of municipal library and Ceska Posta. In its center, there is the baroque fountain of the Tritons. It is quite a busy square as there is a tram line and a car park. An interesting feature of the square is a mild hill in its south side which is a remaining feature of an ancient settlement.
Near the square we walk by Hanacke Barracks a building of four wings where an engineer regiment was housed. Today, there reside several national institutions. We slowly approach St Wenceslas cathedral. But we tell you about it next week.
GPS: 49°35'46.0"N 17°15'27.4"E
Text and photos: Oskár Mažgút
Do you make trips to the Jeseniky Mountains? Be sure to stop in the national nature reserve of Rejviz near the town of Jesenik. There are unique peat bogs, wetlands and a settlement of the same name where you can buy some snack.
On the outskirts of the town of Jeseník you can visit another of the unique places of our beautiful country. In 1822 Vincenz Priessnitz founded the world's first hydrotherapy institute. To this day, there is a popular spa, surrounded by beautiful mountain nature.
In the heart of the deep forests of the Hrubý Jeseník Mountains, visit the picturesque spa village with beautiful architecture and the surrounding nature and peaceful atmosphere. You will also find a waterfall, a geological exposition or a 600-meter long ski slope.
Near the former border of Bohemia and Moravia lies the town of Litomyšl, which is one of the most picturesque in the Czech Republic. Thanks to the fact that several important personalities were born or stayed here, many cultural events and festivals continue their tradition. Let's go to Litomyšl together.
Not far from Ústí nad Orlicí, there lies inconspicuous town of Choceň. Immediately on its edge begins the beautiful valley of the Tichá Orlice river, a visit of which is definitely worth it, especially in autumn. Let's go there together!
We left Republiky sqaure for St Wenceslas Cathedral situated on Wenceslas square. The cathedral houses Roman Catholic archdiocesis of Olomouc. The grandiose Romanesque/Gothic structure has some Baroque features and rich decoration of sculptures. It is true jaded gem of the city.
Last week we started with our tour around Olomouc. We briefly told you about its history. The point of start was Horni square. The Holy Trinity column, and the town hall with a tower belong to its main landmarks.
Today, we visit Olomouc a city in central part of Moravia which is known for its smelly cheese, landmarks, flower exhibition and rich history.
Place of pilgrimage have some sort of indescribable atmosphere and it lures thousands to visit this place. Not long ago we enjoyed the beauty of Svaty Hostyn. This place has magic. Perhaps this is the reason for our later decision to visit yet another important site of pilgrimage in the Czech Republic - Svaty Kopecek.
This time we are about to visit the highest situated Marian pilgrimage site in Moravia. For centuries, it has attracted pilgrims from near as well as from afar. The place we talk about is Svaty Hostyn.
Not a long time ago we enjoyed the town of Hranice. Several hours of walk later we moved on. Again, we parked our in Teplice nad Becvou, one of the most important spa areas in the Czech Republic.
During our last visit to Teplice nad Becvou, we saw the spa town, enjoyed its healing water, and made a trip to the deepest abyss in teh world - the Hranice Abyss. Yet we skipped a visit to another unique phenomenna in Europe. This one is even a national nature landmark.
After visiting the pilgrimage place Holy Hostýn we could not miss even three kilometers remote sites town Bystřice pod Hostýnem, which is famous for the production bentwood furniture. Of course the furniture is far from everything this town has to offer.
11 kilometers from Holesov, there is the village of Rymice with lures such as folk architecture.
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