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    BOTANICAL & BEZRUC GARDENS

    by balhannah Written Jan 23, 2014

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    The Botanical Gardens were established so floral exhibitions could be held. The park joins with Bezruc Gardens making it a really large area to cover. The gardens are just on the edge of the old city.
    There is no shortage of trees with most of them being deciduous ash, maple, beech and horse chestnut trees. Plenty of walking / cycling paths!
    There is a rose garden, alpine garden, rockery, an area for the blind to walk around [senses garden] and the bulbs, perennial and annual garden beds.
    Imagine seeing approx.15,000 Rose bushes of more than 300 local and foreign varieties in flower - I didn't, was too early!

    Four conservatories (palm, cactus, tropical, and subtropical) with birds and fish represent the warmer areas of the world. Many Australian varieties, like the Bunya Pine, Eucalyptus, Callistemon and so much more.
    The conservatories are open daily - CLOSED MONDAYS

    In the gardens is the Fontana café/restaurant, located in a historical building.
    It is open from 10 -10pm daily
    There are quite a few entrances to the gardens

    Visiting Hours
    March 1 to October 31 9.30 – 6pm
    November 9.30 – 4pm (on weekends only)

    ADMISSION
    Adults 20czk
    Children under 6 free
    Discount - children (6 - 15 years), students, military, senior citizens 15,- Kè
    6 months pass 150,- Kè

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    LOOK UP, LOOK DOWN, LOOK AROUND!

    by balhannah Written Jan 23, 2014

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    That is what you must do in any historic city centre, but especially in Olomouc. The city is so old, that I found all sorts of interesting statues, frescoes, portraits, stucco work and decorations, funny faces and more!
    Seek, and you shall find!

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    THE TOWN WALLS

    by balhannah Written Jan 23, 2014

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    The former Royal city of Olomouc was once was surrounded by a series of defensive fortifications and moats, completely enclosing Olomouc. There were also sixteen outlying forts, some of which still exist today, most of them can't be visited. The exception is the 'Exit discotheque’, and another is within the grounds of the botanic gardens.

    Not much of the walls remain, as when the Olomouc fortress ceased being used, most of the walls were pulled down. Now, the area where the walls were are city parks. The best preserved parts are visible from the Bezruc gardens, below St. Michaels church. The Jewish Gate is still standing. I did see the water barracks where the Russian and Irish Pubs and the 24hr espresso bar are.

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    WALK AND VIEW THE TYPES OF ARCHITECTURE

    by balhannah Written Jan 23, 2014

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    Even though I love the architecture of these old cities, I really don't know all the styles, I just notice certain buildings look different.
    Olomouc had plenty of interesting buildings, most were painted and looked wonderful. Since visiting the city, I have read it has an enormous amount of architectural styles represented, beginning from Romanesque to the present.

    I found heaps of places, these are just a few

    Romanesque architecture can be found in a few places, the easiest one to see is Zdíkuv Palace.
    Next came Gothic, the most prominent building is the Town Hall and the Town Hall Chapel
    Renaissance architecture is found on many burgher houses in the city.
    Baroque architecture, and I found heaps including the fountains, the Plague Column, Monasteries, churches, the list goes on.
    Baroque and Classical Architecture strength, are the gates and the old fortresses.
    Rococo, head to a house in the lower square [47] to see rococo decoration or in quite a few of the Churches.
    Classicism and Empire, it the façade of the Moravian theatre
    Neo-Gothic architecture. The beautiful Cathedral of St. Wenceslas.
    Neo-Renaissance architecture - head to the National House that was built in 1888 by Czech patriots with the help of cash collections during the German city administration.
    The neo-Baroque architecture I saw was the John Sarkander chapel.
    Art Nouveau architecture - There is plenty around. The Museum of Modern Art is one that comes to mind.
    Neoclassicism and monumentalismus - Mausoleum of Yugoslav soldiers from the First World War in 1926, Central Station and many more!
    The more modern are Cubism and Modernism

    There are even more styles than I have listed here. Unbelievable the amount of styles in one city!
    I loved what I saw! A very interesting old city to wander around.
    For a list of where to find the different styles and the locations, check out the website.

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    # 2 INSIDE ST. MICHAELS CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Jan 23, 2014

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    St Michaels has 4 side altars and the main altar, a beautiful Baroque pulpit and an Organ from 1706 .

    Behind the altar is a painting of the Archangel Michael himself. On the high arched ceiling is the Hebrew inscription for the name of God and a copy of Da Vinci’s Last Supper. A walk around the church found twelve life-size statues representing the twelve apostles, each of them has something to identify them. Eg. St Peter is holding the keys to the heavenly gates whilst St. Bartholemew is wearing his own skin over his shoulder as a robe.
    As I walked along the left-hand side, I found an altar for St Jan Sarkander. Just before hand, I had been to his Chapel. Some of his bodily remains are displayed in a glass case and displayed here to be worshipped as holy relics. The chapel of St. Alexej is known as the Czech chapel as services were held here in Czech, while the main hall of the new church was reserved for the Germans. This Chapel is in the old Gothic part of the Church
    ST. Michaels bell tower can be climbed for views across the city. The original bells were seized and melted down by the Nazis in WWII, but over the last few years, three of them have been replaced.

    FREE ENTRY - A MUST VISIT!

    OPEN
    Wednesday from 10 - 12 noon. & 2.30 - 3.30pm
    Friday from 2.30 - 3.30pm

    Not open that often.

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    INSIDE ST. MICHAEL'S CHURCH

    by balhannah Updated Jan 23, 2014

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    This Church was another one that you really wonder if you want to go inside, mainly because of the exterior!

    It definitely is worth going into, for the inside will have you with eyes wide and a gaping mouth!

    Where to begin!
    The Domes - three of them - all are beautiful!
    All have frescoes underneath them.

    The three domes of the church represent the Holy Trinity. The Father and the Son are depicted by paintings and the Holy Ghost is represented by a sculpture of a golden dove, at the highest point of the highest dome.
    That dome has a rather odd coat of arms with red foxes, guns and cannonballs, this is because money was short and the commander of the Olomouc fortress donated a large part of his personal fortune to see the church completed. His reward - The Fuchs family coat of arms displayed under the cupola.

    Under the dome of God the father are the archangels-Rafael, Gabriel with the Virgin Mary and guardian angel.
    Under the dome of God the son of the four evangelists-Matthew, mark, Luke, John.

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    CHURCH OF ST. MICHAEL

    by balhannah Written Jan 23, 2014

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    THE Church Of St. Michael is a Roman Catholic Church.

    Originally, an old early medieval chapel donated by King Wenceslas I to the Dominicans stood here. It was thought to be consecrated in 1251. Some masonry and an arch at the end of the presbytery of the Early Gothic building have been preserved. When rebuilding the old church after a fire, it was adapted in the late Gothic style. The Tower was added around 1482.
    More re-construction took place between 1673-1686, changing the Church from gothic to the Baroque, the result we see today.
    Around the church are columns with the Statues of the Painful Rosary. They were built around 1735 and moved to St. Michael's around 1904. There is a Dominican monastery adjacent to the church.

    I thought the outside of the Church wasn't much, not one of my favorites.

    Lets go inside!

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    JOHN SARKANDER FOUNTAIN

    by balhannah Written Jan 22, 2014

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    The Spring of Living Water of St. John Sarkander

    “The Spring of Living Water of St. John Sarkander” is a modern fountain located in a courtyard of the Neo-baroque Palace of St. John Sarkander, next to the Chapel of St. John Sarkander.

    I'm afraid my photo doesn't show the bronze symbols, signs and letters, nor the shells made from granite and in shades of green, blue, and orange. The fountain’s decoration shows the irreconcilable conflict between good and evil. Evil is symbolized by snakes, while triumphant good and eternal life are symbolized by the wedges used for the crucifixion and Christ’s wounds that are perpetually cleansed by the sprays of Sarkander’s water.

    You can blow up a photo on the website to see the detail.
    The fountain wasn't working in April

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    CHAPEL OF ST. JOHN SARKANDER

    by balhannah Written Jan 22, 2014

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    Unfortunately the Neo-baroque chapel of St. John Sarkander was closed.

    This two-storeyed building with a dome, was quite attractive on the outside.

    This Chapel has a true story to tell.
    It stands on the site of the former town prison. The Catholic priest, "John Sarkander" was imprisoned here, accused of collaboration with enemy. Even though he was tortured, the Priest would not reveal anything because of the Seal of Confession.. Sadly, he died.
    The torturing rack and Sarkander’s gravestone from 1620 are preserved here. He was canonized by Pope John Paul II during his visit in Olomouc in 1995.

    The Chapel is open in the Summer season
    Tue – Fri, tour starts at 9:00am

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    VERY OLD BUILDINGS

    by balhannah Written Jan 22, 2014

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    Not all of the old part of Olomouc has been restored and looks beautiful!
    After my visit to the Church of our Lady of the Snows, I walked a little further and came across some old dilapidated buildings badly in need of repair.
    They must have belong to some religious order, as it looked like "Mary" set in a glass case, and lower down was an old fresco.
    I hope they preserve it before it is too far gone.
    Sorry I don't know the address, only the area.

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    PALACKY UNIVERSITY

    by balhannah Written Jan 22, 2014

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    On my wander around Olomouc I passed by many University buildings. The Palacký University, established in 1573 by the Jesuits, is the oldest university in Moravia and the second-oldest in the Czech Republic.
    Approx 25,000 university students come to this Uni making it the highest density of university students in Central Europe.
    I am guessing it must have been the end of exams, because I saw quite few students dressed funnily and having a wonderful time in the streets of Olomouc.

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    THE REGIONAL MUSEUM

    by balhannah Written Jan 22, 2014

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    Regional Museum

    In this area of Olomouc, your kept busy with Museums and Churches!

    Before I realized this was a Museum, I thought it was another Church. It belonged to a convent of the order of St. Clara, although the 13th century building has long gone and this Baroque one is is from the 18th century. Since 1951, these buildings belong to the Regional Museum in Olomouc.

    The Regional Museum has quite a collection - 1 million items grouped into these sections. Geological, mineralogical, paleontological, zoological, entomological, archeological, ethnographical, cartographic, military, medical-pharmaceutical, musical and decorative arts, the development of industry, transport, business and handcrafts.

    You take a walk through time in the city of Olomouc beginning in the 6th century with the Slav settlement of Olomouc and its surroundings to the 11th century. Then there is the period of the Premyslid Czech state and its church structure between the 12th - 13th centuries . This is when the Hussite wars were on. 100 years between 1450 & 1550, was when Olomouc developed and grew and became known as "The crossroads of Europe." We then move on from 1550, to when Olomouc becomes a baroque city and is greatly influenced by the court of the bishops of Olomouc. The last exhibition tells of the time from fortification to the modern city it is today.

    If you have children you may want to come here, and visit the nature part of the Museum.
    One part is hands on for children, and I imagine they would have a lot of fun in badger’s den, seeing what a beehive is like, how prickly the spines of a hedgehog are, or perhaps try out one or two of the dozens of other games and things from nature.
    This part is interactive, allowing visitors to look at parts of nature from the Olomouc region in detail and try them out, touch them or listen to them.

    OPENING HOURS
    April – September: daily except Monday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    October – March: daily except Monday and Tuesday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    ADMISSION
    ADULTS 60 Kè
    Schoolchildren, students, seniors 30 Kè
    Family ticket (2 adults and 2 chiLdren 0-15 years old, or 1 adult and 3 children 0-15 years old)
    130 Kè

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    INSIDE THE CHURCH OUR LADY OF THE SNOW

    by balhannah Updated Jan 22, 2014

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    The rather plain exterior of this Church may have you thinking not to go inside - Don't be fooled!
    When I stepped inside, I was blown away, I didn't expect what I saw!

    As I mentioned previously, the plan of this Church is like all Jesuit churches, how-ever, this one is based on the Jesuit Church del Gesù in Rome.

    As I walked the main aisle towards the Altar, I noticed many beautiful side chapels, eight in total honoring various Saints. There's a lovely oval painting above the main altar showing scenes relating to the dedication of the Jesuit church. This goes back to when the Marian basilica in Rome was constructed. There is a lot of rich stucco work and frescoes including the side Altars. One of the altar paintings in the side chapels is of scenes from the life of St. Francis Xavier.
    The baroque organ from 1729 is decorated with rich sculptures and carvings depicting the heavenly orchestra of angels and biblical figures, including King David, all done by a Viennese sculptor.
    The Pulpit is beautiful, in my eyes, everything was!

    THIS CHURCH IS A MUST VISIT!

    More photos are in my travelogue.

    Church is located on Republic Square in Olomouc. Trams 2, 4 and 6 (Namesti Republiky stop).
    If you prefer to walk - from the Upper Square, across the street Ostružnická and to Denisova Street in about 15 minutes.

    THE CHURCH DOORS ARE OPEN -
    Mon - Sat 9 - 6pm
    and there is a guide service available through out that time.

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    CHURCH OF THE VIRGIN MARY OF THE SNOWS

    by balhannah Updated Jan 22, 2014

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    Kostel Panny Marie - Church of Our Lady of the Snows.

    Interesting name? I thought so and wondered how it came about.

    The story goes back to when the first Marian basilica in Rome was built in the 4th century through Pope Liberius receiving an order in a dream to build a Church. Panna Maria had it pointed to a snow covered hill behind the town, with the hope that she built the church. Therefore, this Church bears the title of Our Lady of the Snows.

    This single-nave church is part of the complex of the former Jesuit school buildings. It was built between the years 1712-1716, the interior was completed much later in 1743. It took such a long time because of recurring plague epidemics happening in Olomouc.

    Inside are relics of St. Pauline - later patron saint of Olomouc, who was the protector of the plague. There were transferred here along with her remains when the church was consecrated in February 1716.

    It's said to be a typical example of a church of the Jesuit order. I must take note next time I visit another Jesuit Church!
    The Baroque Church of Our Lady of the Snow, has a nice entrance portal with twisted columns and balcony balustrade. It is currently the parish church of the Roman Catholic academic Olomouc.

    Next, I will enter the Church and see what the interior is like.

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    MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

    by balhannah Written Jan 22, 2014

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    Museum of Modern Art

    As I am not a fan of Modern Art, so this Museum didn't interest me at all! I was more interested in the building itself.

    The art it displays is from the 20th and 21st centuries. The museum holds long and short-term exhibitions of Czech and foreign modern art.

    OPENING HOURS
    Open daily except Mondays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last entry 5.30 p.m.)
    Free admission on Wednesdays and Sundays

    ADMISSION
    Adults CZK 50
    Concession CZK 25
    Free admission children under 6

    The ticket is valid for both Archdiocesan Museum and Museum of Modern Art within the day of purchase.

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