Cathedral of St. Václav Olomouc
Cathedral of St. Wenceslas can be found on Wenceslas Square in Olomouc. It is undoubtedly the largest landmark of this Moravian town, mainly due to the breathtaking height of 102 m, and it is the second tallest church tower in the Czech Republic and the tallest neo-Gothic tower in the Czech Republic. The cathedral also houses the largest bell in Moravia, St. Vaclav.
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Interesting facts Cathedral of St. Václav Olomouc
St. Wenceslas Cathedral is the home cathedral of the Olomouc Roman Catholic Archdiocese and is rightly one of the most beautiful neo-Gothic buildings in the Czech Republic. The construction of the church began in 1100 and the consecration took place in 1131. The square of the same name got its name in 1929 on the occasion of the commemoration of the thousandth anniversary of the death of St. Wenceslas.
The interior of the cathedral will captivate visitors with several artistic elements. One of them is the Renaissance chapel of St. Stanislav, where the bronze tomb of Bishop Kuen and the tomb of the last Olomouc Přemyslids are located. On the north side of the cathedral we find the neo-Gothic chapel of St. Cyril and Methodius.
In the immediate vicinity of the dome is located Zdík's Palace and the Chapel of St. Anny from the period of Mannerism, in which the elections of the Olomouc bishops took place.
In the area below the presbytery there is a two-storey crypt, in which some archbishops and bishops are buried, for example Maria Tadeáš Trauttmansdorff or František of Dietrichštejn. The heart of Rudolf Jan, Austrian Archduke and Archbishop, is also preserved here.
On the ground floor of the south tower is the chapel of St. John the Baptist, where there are tombs in which the last three cardinals Bauer, Skrbenský and Furstenberg are buried.
Author: andrea Štyndlová