CZ, Olomouc – The City of Unique Sights II
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.
We went further towards Dolni square. While going there we stopped at a renaissance house - Edelmann's palace, and Petras' Palace. The latter was the first scholarly society residence in the Habsburg empire – Societas eruditorum incognitorum in terris Austriacis.
Soon we reached Dolni square, which is one of the oldest in Olomouc. The square is surrounded by several Renaissance and Baroque houses which replaced original Gothic houses. Meat shop drew our attention, they belonged to the butcher's guild. The building had one floor only and was a butcher's shop. A well supplying fountains on the square was in the basement. Considerable renovations took place in the 18th century. However, the buidling was lifted by two floors Moreover, a two-winged staircase was added. It was a representative entrance to the the then new Royal Folk Theater. The facade was made in the late-19th century.
The main landmarks of Dolni square are the Marian column and two fountains. The Marian column was constructed after plague epidemic of 1713-1715 and is lined with eight statues of saints in the lower part of the column. The upper part is made of twisted column with the Virgin Mary on the top.
Neptune fountain (which is close to Horni square) was constructed in 1683. It belongs to the set of baroque fountains decorated with antiquity motiffs. It depicts the god of sea Neptune who stands on a cliff with his four horses spilling water.
There is the Jupiter fountain on the other edge of the square. It was the last one in the set to be erected. It dpicts the god who reigns over flash and thunder. The renovated church of the Annunciation is situated close to it. A Kapuchin monastery belongs to it. The church's entrance is on the elevated terrace. There you can enjoy the vista over the entire square.
We roamed in the narrow streets which took us in front of the building of the Archbishopric seminary on Zertinovo sqaure. The building saw several renovations. Originally, it was residence of lords assembly and land court. Right next to it, there is the church of St Michael which replaced a 13th century chapel which stood there originaly. The church is of baroque style and belongs to the most beautiful in Olomouc. It is considred the first northern-Italian domed building in Moravia. Royal Italian architect Giovanni Pietro Tencala. It also influeced the basilica of the Virgin Mary on Svaty Kopecek. There are three domes on this church. You can see them from specific places in Olomouc.
There is a square adjacent to the church. On it, there stands baroque statue of St Florian at which we made a short break. Next week you will see where we went next.
GPS: 49°35'31.0"N 17°15'10.7"E
Text and photos: Oskár Mažgút
Most trips to the Jeseníky Mountains go to Praděd. A lot of people can get to Šerák only thanks to the cable car. At the same time, Šerák and the adjacent Keprník offer a hike through beautiful nature. For example, from Ramzová around the Giant Rocks, where we will go together now.
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.
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.
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.
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!
What is the best Christmas present for a tourist? After all, a holiday voucher! Preferably to a nice hotel in an interesting place, which will not be boring even in bad weather. Want a tip? We have one particular!
Do you feel that there is a lot going on for you lately and would you appreciate recreation and relaxation? The town of Luhačovice literally encourages this. A stay in a spa town does not have to be equal to the fact that only elderly or sick people go there. The picturesque town is full of healing springs, colonnades, but also bike paths and various modern attractions for many young people!
Today we invite you for a walk around the world-famous spa, situated on the northwestern outskirts of Jeseník in the Olomouc region. The former settlement, called Gräfenberg until 1947, now called Lázně Jeseník, was founded by the so-called water doctor Vinzenz Priessnitz and has been popular with both domestic and foreign visitors since the 19th century.
To the glory of the church and as a thank you for protection against the danger of epidemics or war conflicts, monuments were erected in the most honorable places of cities. Today we will stop at the more ostentatious ones, they will fascinate us with their beauty and monumentality. But do we know their past and do we know why they decorate our square today?
More and more sunny days, but also the ongoing security measures regarding the situation with Covid-19, which prevents us from traveling abroad, result in an increasing interest in trips in the beautiful Czech countryside. However, this also causes an extreme increase in the number of people in the most famous tourist places and roads. So where to go and avoid the crowd? Come with us to the Jeseníky Mountains. On the 60-kilometer route, you can relax from the city parks, enjoy the fresh air without a curtain and you will meet a larger concentration of tourists practically only in the vicinity of Králický Sněžník.
Are you a woman and as a child you wanted to be a princess? Or a man who wanted to be a knight on a white horse? I personally had it all my childhood. I wanted to be a princess with a gold crown, in a beautiful pink dress. And I had a clear idea of the castle I lived in. He had several turrets and the shutters were red-white. It didn't bother me that it wasn't a castle, but a beautiful castle. Bouzov Castle...
Endless hiking trails in unspoiled nature, meditation tranquility, cozy little village with interesting building monuments and in the center of everything a hotel with amazing wellness, where they will take care of their guests great. Isn't this the sky of a tourist? We are convinced.
It is winter again and this is the sadder half of the year for us as tourists. The vast majority of tourist attractions, including monuments, are closed. However, we found some exceptions between castles and chateaux that will welcome you all year round. And we guarantee that a winter visit will be more of an experience than a summer visit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today, we visit Olomouc a city in central part of Moravia which is known for its smelly cheese, landmarks, flower exhibition and rich history.
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.
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.
The Moravian Gate geomorphological unit has many interesting nooks in nature as well as interesting towns one of which Hranice is. This town is 23 kilometers awy from Prerov. Since the Prehistory it has been an important crossroad of various roads. History and modernity are both present in this town.
Today we will roam around in Moravia, the region of Olomouc. We visit the city of Prerov, a great place for holidaymakers and also an imporant city in the region which is only 20 kilometers from Olomouc.
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.
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.
On the western edge of the Hostyn Hills, in Kromeriz district, there is a small town of Holesov. The town is known for its early Baroque chateau and its grandiose French style park as well as for its well-known jewish community in the past.
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