CZ, Olomouc – The City of Unique Sights IV
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.
Not only it is listed as a national culture sight but it also is the place of hisotrical events of high importance. The most important one happened in 1306. Czech King Wenceslas III was assassinated in the so called Zdikovy Paalce. The last ruler of the Premyslid dynasty was burried in church's crypt. However, couple of year later his remains were moved to Zbraslavsky cloister as ordered by Queen Eliska. However, his and his father's remains got lost during the Hussite wars.
Another interesting historical even happened here in 1469. Bohemian and Moravian nobles pronounced Matej Korvin a Czech King. In 1803, lightning stuck the church tower which caused a fire that burned down all three towers in cathedral's fron section. Fortunately, all damage was eventually removed. Moreover, new bells and chimes were added.
This originaly Romanesque basilica was constructed in 1107. It has the tallest belfry in the Czech Republic (100,65 m) and Moravia's largest church bell. To the church belong also St Cyril and Method chapel, Loreta chapel, tombstones, St John the Baptists chapel, St Stanislav chapel, Gothic sacristy, frescoes, and a crypt. Bishops as well archbishops are buried in the crypt. Even the heart of Austrian Archduke Rudolf Jan Habsburg's heart is burried there. Masses and themed exhibitions take place at the cathedral regularly.
The cathedral belongs to the so called Castle Olomouc, one of the most important castle compound in the Czech Republic. Apart from the cathedral, and Zdikuv palace, the compound includes church residencies, houses, a parsonage, chaples and the Archdiocese museum. The museum houses a large collection of religious art. The circular romanesque tower and its St Barbara chapel belong also to the exhibition. St Anna church is also an interesting place. Here, the religious authorities of Olomouc are selected. This is, however, hardly all that you can see within the castle compound.
There are many great sights in the city of Olomouc. One would need weeks to see them all thoroughly. Before we left the city, we stopped at the Gothic revival Red Church which is 55 meters high. We found interesting that it doesn't serve the public but a library uses it to store books by the academic library. The church is situated on the former ramparts. Its exterior is a great example of north German brick Gothic style.
St Gorazde church was another sight we found interesting. Built in the Byzantine style it was the place where Gorazde II was sancitfied in 1987. He served as an Orthodox bishop in former Czechoslovakia.
Olomouc is also a city of flowers. The largest and oldest exhibition of these fragile things happens in Olomouc. Flora Olomouc has three etapes (spring, summer, fall). It offers a vast display of colors, smells, flowers, and other plants. There are amazing options to make a trip around the exhibition grounds, for instance to Smetana orchards, Cech orchards, Bezruc orchards, grenhouses, rose gardens, or a botanical garden.
The city is an amazing place and true lure for any traveller who wants to see beautiful architecture, enjoy history, nature, good cuisine, and spirituality. Olomouc will charm you and you will return there gladly. Take a closer look there by yourselves.
GPS: 49°35'51.6"N 17°15'43.1"E
Text and photos: Oskár Mažgút
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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Today, we visit Olomouc a city in central part of Moravia which is known for its smelly cheese, landmarks, flower exhibition and rich history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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