Olomouc at the top

Three years, three excellent awards by the world’s prestigious guidebook. Lonely Planet made a list of the most beautiful, yet lesser known tourist destinations. It wasn’t the hot springs of Iceland, Gibraltar Rocks, Odysseus' Ithaca or Luxemburg that ranked in first place but the historical center of Olomouc!

The mini guidebook, Secret Europe, presents tourists with fifty cities from different parts of Europe. The largest, world-renowned guidebook publisher attracts tourists to Olomouc by saying that “in terms of tourism Olomouc can be equated to an authentic restaurant which is your own, small, personal secret. The Main Square is amongst the most enchanting in the country. It is surrounded by historical buildings. It is adorned by the Holy Trinity Column listed as the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Magnificent churches, many of which host an exciting history, are scattered in the streets of the historical center. Explore the foundations of the ancient Olomouc castle in the Archdiocese Museum which is a must-see and then set out to one of the many pubs or mini-breweries”. In 2012, the publisher also awarded Olomouc by ranking it in the top ten most beautiful hidden treasures in Europe. One year later it was once again on the list of the recommended destinations in Moravia. “It’s beautiful as well as surprising for us. Lonely Planet is to tourist guidebooks what Michelin is to gastronomy. I perceive it as a win in the tourist Olympics,” responded Olomouc mayor, Martin Major, when he first heard of the award. “I am very pleased that the professional editor-in-chief of this publication truly appreciates the beauty of our city, its picturesque atmosphere and its uniqueness.

Apart from other things, Olomouc captivated them by the fact that it offers the same architectural treasures as Prague but without the crowds of tourists. It is definitely Olomouc’s advantage in comparison with our capital. However, despite repeated acclaim from the renowned guidebook, it may only be temporary”, mentioned the mayor, Major, with a smile. The deputy mayor, Jan Holpuch added, “I believe that this is an opportunity to introduce our beautiful city to many other tourists.” “I think that being awarded as a hidden treasure or undiscovered city will give Olomouc an even stronger stamp of attractiveness and will evoke more interest in potential visitors.”

Olomouc has been trying to advertise its beauty in a high-quality and systematic way. In the past years, this attempt has proved effective. Statistically as well as simply looking into the streets of the city center confirms that the number of tourists to Olomouc has truly increased. Olomouc is on the list of destinations offered by travel agencies as for example, one-day trips from Prague or as a part of the Vienna – Krakow route. “Greater advertising in cooperation with the agency CzechTourism certainly helped.

This agency gives Olomouc more space than before”, says Karin Vykydalová, head of the tourism department. “Acclaim from Lonely Planet obviously helps. Ideally, a visitor comes here based on the recommendation, is satisfied here and then recommends Olomouc to his friends back home”, adds Dušan Gavenda of the same department. Lonely Planet Secret Europe can be downloaded for free at: www.lonelyplanet.com/secret-europe.

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圣·杨·撒尔康德生活在政权和宗教经常复杂交错的时期。在赫莱晓夫担任牧师期间,来自于洛波高维采的天主教主教Ladislav Popel,暂时被剥夺了地区书记,被关押起来。

在浓烈的职业动乱氛围下,杨·撒尔康德决定暂时离开赫莱晓夫,采取了去波兰,但是发生了不幸。1620初波兰军事家Lisowsky的骑兵部队穿过了摩拉维亚。他们没有饶过弯路,唯一的城市被攻占了,恰恰是赫莱晓夫,撒尔康德的工作地点。这个事件成为颁布逮捕赫莱晓夫牧师及和敌人联合勾结的借口。杨·撒尔康德被关进奥洛摩乌茨城市监狱 ,在那里几次被审讯和拷打。他的邻居们想要知道其意图,强迫杨打破忏悔的秘密。但是杨·撒尔康德声称,什么也不知道,就是知道,也不泄露。结果在1620年3月在监狱中殉道。

圣·杨·撒尔康德曾被同龄人当作是圣徒,1860年被授福 。1993教皇约翰·保罗二世追封他。1995年在奥洛莫乌茨举行圣典 。圣徒遗骨安置在奥洛莫乌茨圣·瓦茨拉夫大教堂。