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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Cattedrali, chiese e cappelle

Cattedrale San Venceslao

Cattedrale San Venceslao

Václavské náměstí, 779 00, Olomouc

Telefon: +420 731 402 036

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Web: http://www.katedralaolomouc.cz

Otevřeno: Cripta: maggio-ottobre lu-me ore 10:00–17:00, gi ore 9:00–16:00, ve-sa ore 9:00–17:00, do ore 11:00–17:00

Doprava: Tram n. 2, 4, 6 – fermata U Dómu (cca 200 m)

La cattedrale San Venceslao con la sua facciata a due campanili fa una parte inseparabile del panorama della città. Il campanile sud, il terzo, misura esattamente 100,65 m, è il campanile più alto di Morava (il secondo più alto nel Paese). La chiesa con tre navate viene dalla disposizione medievale originale.

La costruzione della cattedrale è stata iniziata dal principe di Olomouc Svatopluk negli anni 1104–1107. Suo figlio Václav ci ha continuato, prima la sua morte ha dato l’edificio al vescovo Jindřich Zdík. L’edificio incompiuto fu consacrato nel 1131. Nel 1141 è stato completato ed è diventato la chiesa episcopale. La basilica originale romanica a tre navate ha subito numerose modifiche ed alterazioni. Dopo l’incendio nel 1265 la cattedrale fu completamente ricostruita in stile gotico.

I pilastri gotici delle tre navate sono del 13o secolo. Il grande coro con dimensioni di 35 x 23 m è stato creato come parte di un edificio barocco. Alla fine del 19o secolo – come tutto l’interno ed esterno dell’edificio – a subito modifiche in stile neo-gotico. Sotto il presbiterio c’è una cripta accessibile da due scale laterali. Sul lato sud dell’ingresso delle tre navate c’è la cappella Santo Stanislao. ai lati dell’ingresso alla cappella ci sono lapidi del 16o e dell’inizio del 17o secolo. Sull’altare neo-gotico vicino ad uno dei pilastri delle tre navate è situato il santuario con le reliquie di Santo Jan Sarkander (canonizzato dal papa Giovanni Paolo II. nel 1995). L’organo del duomo è l’uno dei migliori strumenti di stile romantico nel Paese.


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