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“Olomouc's single most impressive landmark”

St. Wenceslas Cathedral
Ranked #2 of 48 things to do in Olomouc
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“Olomouc's single most impressive landmark”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2010

St Wenceslas' Cathedral boasts the tallest church spire in Moravia (second tallest in the Czech Republic) and has been Moravia's most important religious structure for almost 1000 years.

The first mention in writing dates from the year 1017 and the oldest part of today's St Wenceslas is the crypt. The main core of the cathedral dates from the Gothic era, and the Baroque facade was returned closer to its original Gothic appearance with a reconstruction in the 1800's, which is also when the third and tallest spire was added.

The neo-gothic facade of the cathedral is covered with intricate stone carvings of saints, angels, gargoyles and the interior houses chapels from the Gothic, Renaissance and BSaroque periods of architecture. The three spires dominate the skyline of Olomouc and the nearby countryside and the facade is exceptionally well illuminated at night.

The cathedral of Saint Wenceslas still serves its original purpose as a house of worship but at the same time it's probably Olomouc's single most impressive landmark. Not to be missed on even the shallowest of visits to this fine city.

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