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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Eglises et chapelles

L’église de l’Immaculée conception de la Vierge Marie

L’église de l’Immaculée conception de la Vierge Marie

Sokolská ulice, 779 00, Olomouc

L’église de style gothique tardie de l’Immaculée conception de la Vierge Marie dans la rue actuelle Sokolská a été initialement construit comme un église du monastère franciscain- sur le site connu comme Bélidla, au nord des murs de la ville.

Le monastère avec l’église, qui a une consacration typique franciscaine, a été construit à l’initiative d’un prédicateur charismatique et le vicaire générale des Frères Mineures Jan Kapistrán dans les années 1454-1468 et a été ordonné en 1468 en présence du roi hongrois Mathias Corvin.

L’église a une structure simple, qui est typique pour les constructions des Franciscains. Bien qu’il a été construit à la deuxième moitié du 15e siècle, le centre de plan carré à trois nefs voûtés n’a que’une simple croix de voûtes. Intéressant est le toit pyramidal de l’église ainsi que la décoration d’intérieur avec quelques fresques de style gothique tardif. Sur le côté sud de l’église en 1653 a été ajoutée la chapelle baroque Saint Antoine de Padoue. Dans le monastère de la période gothique tardif n’a survécu qu’une partie du cloître avec des voûtes d’origine. Tout le monastère a été reconstruit dans le style de baroque en 1743.


L’église de l’Immaculée conception de la Vierge MarieL’église de l’Immaculée conception de la Vierge Marie