Saint Wenceslas Cathedral in Olomouc

Saint Wenceslas Cathedral in Olomouc

Saint Wenceslas Cathedral in Olomouc is one of the jewels of medieval architecture in Central Europe and in the Czech lands it is considered one of the finest examples of neo-Gothic architecture.

 

History of St. Wenceslas Cathedral in Olomouc

 

The building originally Romanesque Basilica was launched in 1100 by the Olomouc appanage prince Svatopluk and it was consecrated in 1131 by Henry Zdík. Year 1141 is considered as the year of completion of Saint Wenceslas Cathedral in Olomouc. The basilica was rebuilt into costly gothic style in the years 1204-1266. Bishop of Olomouc Bruno of Schauenburk initiated rebuild of of St. Wenceslas Cathedral after the basilica burned down.

 

Saint Wenceslas Cathedral in Olomouc burned down again after a lightning strike in 1803. The subsequent reconstruction during the years 1883-1892, initiated by Archbishop Frederick of Fürstenberg in the Gothic Revival style , designed by Gustav Merett and R. Volkel , gave rise to the present form of the cathedral. The newly created silhouette of the cathedral with the main spire 100.65 m created a distinctive panorama of Olomouc and became one of its visual symbols. In the local crypt Czech King Václav III. was buried after he was murdered next door in 1306. His sister, Queen Elizabeth of Bohemia, however transferred his remains to the Zbraslav monastery in 1326. In 1469, in St. Wenceslas Cathedral in Olomouc, there was a Hungarian king Matthias Corvinus proclaimed King of Bohemia.

 

What to visit in Olomouc?

 

While walking through the historic centre of Olomouc can visit many attractions. The pride of Olomouc is Baroque Holy Trinity on the Upper Square. The 35 m high column, written since 2001 by the UNESCO, is the tallest building of its kind in the Czech lands. Meaningful place is also Archiepiscopal palace, where in 1995 had lunch Pope John Paul II during his visit to Olomouc. You should not miss the delightful Gothic town hall with astronomical clock Olomouc unique.

10.3.2012 | Prague guide | Cities |
Saint Wenceslas Cathedral in Olomouc
Saint Wenceslas Cathedral in Olomouc
Saint Wenceslas Cathedral in Olomouc
Saint Wenceslas Cathedral in Olomouc
Saint Wenceslas Cathedral in Olomouc
Saint Wenceslas Cathedral in Olomouc
Your rating: None Average: 5 (2 votes)

User login