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Olomouc – Pilgrimage Site and Architectural Gem of Moravia

Olomouc had always been among the most important cities of the Kingdom of Bohemia. With its convenient location, ancient university and spiritual, cultural and craft traditions Olomouc has been for centuries a natural centre of Moravia, attractive to artists, intellectuals and businessmen.

The Holy Trinity Column – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the unique astronomical clock or a rare collection of churches and fountains. All this awaits you in Olomouc!

Olomouc is a unique complex of landmarks, including churches, cathedrals and chapels, whose monumentality can be admired in many parts of the city center. The visit of Pope

John Paul II to Olomouc in 1995 bears witness to the undiminishing importance of Olomouc as a religious center of Moravia.

Itinerary

  • Olomouc: Archdiocesan museum with a Holy Roman bishop’s palace
  • Olomouc: Archbishop’s Palace
  • Olomouc: Chapel of St John Sarkander
  • Olomouc: The Holy Trinity Column (since 2000 on the UNESCO Word Heritage list)
  • Olomouc: Gothic Cathedral of St. Wenceslaus
  • Olomouc: Baroque Church of Our Lady of the Snows
  • Holly Hill: Pilgrimage Basilica Minor Church of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary

 

Starting point: Prague
Duration: approx. 11 hours
Group size: minimum 7 persons

What is included in the price

  • Professional tour guide
  • Local step-on guides for city tours and major attractions
  • Entrance fees to monuments included – Arcbishop palace, Archdiocesan Museum
  • Lunch at local restaurant
  • Magni Guide Publication

What is not included in tour price

  • Transportation from Prague to Olomouc
  • Accommodation
  • Meals and beverages
  • Passenger trip cancellation insurance (details sent with reservation form)
  • Gratuities for tour manager, and driver
  • Cultural entertainment

Archdiocesan museum with a Holy Roman bishop’s palace

The Archdiocesan museum demonstrates the spiritual culture of Olomouc region. The former bishop´s palace is a part of the Archdiocesan museum.

Archbishop’s Palace

The Archibishop´s Palace is not only important for its spiritual dimension but is is one of the most beautiful and important Baroque buildings in Moravia.

The Holy Trinity Column

Since 2000 you can find the Holy Trinity Column on the UNESCO Word Heritage Site. The column with its 35 metres dominates the city centre in Olomouc.

St. Wenceslas Cathedral

St. Wenceslas Cathedral is a metropolitan church of the Olomouc diocese and a landmark of the town. Its Neo-Gothic tower is 102 m high; it is the second highest church tower in the Czech Republic. The cathedral also houses the largest bell in Moravia.St. Wenceslas Cathedral is one of the jewels of medieval architecture. It was founded around 1063 in relation to the restoration of the Olomouc bishopry.

The pilgrimage church of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary

The Baroque pilgrimage church with a two-tower frontage is a distinctive landmark of the landscape around Olomouc. Adjoining the church building, there are side wings with an attic carrying statues of 12 apostles and two saints – Saint Sebastian.and Saint Roch. Behind the church, there are a cloister and the Chapel of the Virgin Mary. The ceiling of the single-naved interior is vaulted over by a massive dome. The nave is flanked by side chapels.

Numerous local and foreign painters, sculptors and plasterers participated in the interior decoration of the church. Jan Kryštof Handke painted allegories of the four continents in the pendentives of the dome. Saint Augustine, one of Handke’s finest works, is placed in one of the side chapels. Besides the painting of Saint Joseph by Tobias Pock, one should also mention the altar painting by the Venice oriented Johann Spillenberg on the main altar. The sculptors Joseph Winterhalter, Georg Anton Heinz and Michael Zürn also contributed a great deal to the overall looks of the interior. This monumental church was promoted by Pope Pope John Paul II. to Minor Basilica in May 1995.

Olomouc - UNESCO

Catholic Bohemia and Moravia

PAX Rack rate Discount Price for partners*
2 - 7 pax 105 EUR 10% 36 EUR
8 - 14 pax 65 EUR 20% 52 EUR
15 - 18 pax 50 EUR 30% 35 EUR