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May 15 2015

St Wenceslas Cathedral, Olomouc

I’ve been showing you a lot of Poland recently, which probably isn’t the slightest bit surprising considering the fact that I’m living there. However, today, I thought I would take a break from that, and share a photo I took from the Czech Republic.  This is one is from my time in Olomouc – St Wenceslas Cathedral.
Saint Wenceslas Cathedral, OlomoucI had a choice of photographs from different angles.  I chose this one because this is the first view I had of this imposing building, and I love to contrast of colours.  I don’t know how you feel about editing out elements in photographs.  I, personally, don’t  believe in doing that.  I expect to see photographs that show a place as it is – wires, lines, people, and all.  So, this is a long-winded way of saying, what you see here is what you will see should you decide to visit Olomouc.

As you can see from the photograph, it is impossible to miss St Wenceslas Cathedral.   Well, it is the fourth tallest building in the Czech Republic, after all!

The square and the cathedral are named after Saint Wenceslas I who was the Duke of Bohemia in the 10th century.  Apparently, his younger brother, who become known as Boleslav the Cruel, invited his brother to a feast, and then had him assassinated while he was on his way to church.  Posthumously, Duke Wenceslas was made a king and a saint.  In fact, he is the patron saint of the Czech Republic, and has been immortalised by the Christmas carol ‘Good King Wenceslas’, which was written in the 19th century.

The cathedral itself was originally built in the Romanesque style, and then was extensively modified in the 13th and 14th centuries.  It was later renovated in the 19th century and restored in the middle of the noughties (2004-2007).


The cathedral is between the train station and the main square.  You really can’t miss it!

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Teresa Keane

Teresa has been to almost 60 countries. She started travelling independently at the age of 38 when she gave up her job, rented out her house, put her possessions in storage and spent a year travelling the world. It changed her life. She now creates, publishes, & promotes online travel content and is an experienced freelance trainer & EFL teacher.

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