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

Chiesa San Maurizio

Chiesa San Maurizio

8. května, 779 00, Olomouc

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Doprava: Tram n. 2, 4, 6 – fermata Koruna (cca 70 m)

La chiesa parrocchiale San Maurizio è uno degli edifici più rari di tardo-gotica in Moravia. C’è una sala a tre navate a volta dal 14o secolo et un coro con volteggio, stilisticamente avanzato. Alla facciata occidentale della chiesa ci sono due campanili assimmetrici rettangolari. La scala doppia a chiocciola è situata al muro occidentale della chiesa.

Il vero gioiello è la scultura tardo-gotica del 15e secolo, Cristo sul Monte degli Ulivi, che si trova all’interno della chiesa.

Vicino al muro settentrionale della chiesa si trova la cappella Edelmann. Dopo l’incendio del 1709 l’interno ha subito il trattamento in stile barocco, le cappelle Loretta et di Anime sono state costruite. La ricostruzione barocca dell’interno è stata fatta dai pittori Jan Kryštof Handke, Karel Josef Haringer e Karel Moravec e dagli scultori Filip Sattler, Jan Sturmer e Jiří Antonín Heinz.

L’organo della chiesa sono dal 1745 – si tratta dell’organo più grande in Europa centrale e l’ottavo in Europa, creato dal maestro Michael Engler. Alla sua decorazione ha partecipato lo scultore Filip Sattler e l’intagliatore Jan Jiří Huckh. Allo strumento barocco originale con tre manuali è stato aggiunto durante la ricostruzione negli anni 60 del 20o secolo un altro strumetno moderno con cinque manuali. L’organo ha 135 registri e 10.400 tubi.

Nella metà del 19o secolo un nuovo arredo storico è stato comprato, negli anni 1869–1908 la chiesa ha subito una ricostruzione gotica. L’altare maggiore è decorato dall’arca d’altare neo-gotica dalla metà del 19o secolo.


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