Olomouc

Olomouc Castle

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Located on the top of Wenceslas Hill, the Olomouc Castle complex has a number of items of interest. Here you’ll find the Bishop's Palace with its famous Romanesque windows, the gothic St. Wenceslas Cathedral, today the seat of the Archbishop of Olomouc, and the Archdiocesan Museum founded on the initiative of Pope John Paul II. The most impressive is the Cathedral as well as the partly preserved Romanesque Palace built by Bishop Jindřich Zdík in the first half of the 12th century. It’s an example of some of the best in European Romanesque residential architecture. The Cathedral’s southern tower stands 100.65 meters high and is the tallest church tower in Moravia (second highest in the country). The three-nave hall of the church comes from the original medieval layout. In the interior note the gothic pillars from the 13th century, a shrine with relics of St. Jan Sarkander canonized by Pope John Paul II and the cathedral’s organ, one of the finest Romantic period instruments in the Czech Republic. The Archdiocesan Museum holds a permanent exhibition on the spiritual culture of the Olomouc Archdiocese as well as a picture gallery with paintings collected by Olomouc bishops since the 16th century. You can also book a tour (Apr 1-Sept 30) here to visit the Bishop’s Palace and Chapel of St. Barbara. With Mozart, Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II past visitors, you would be remiss to miss out on a visit too.

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