The Holy Hill near Olomouc

The pilgrimage site Svatý Kopeček (The Holy Hill) is part of the city of Olomouc. It is located about 8 km from the Olomouc city centre. Today's pilgrimage area on the Holy Hill with a residence and a cloister was built on a traditional pilgrimage place. A small chapel was built here around 1632. According to legend it was founded by an Olomouc citizen and wine merchant Jan Andrýsek. He was asked in a dream by the Virgin Mary to build the chapel.

On the place of the former chapel, a monumental Church of the Visitation of the Virgin Marygrew in the years 1669-1679 according to the plans of the architect G.P. Tencallo. In the years 1714-1721 the present residence area was constructed to the plans of D. Martinelli and the entire complex was completed by the cloister and the Chapel of the Virgin Mary.

The Church of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary is unique for its orientation. The main axis is not directed from east to west, but the church is rotated with its front to the “mother convent” Hradisko. The priest who blessed the faithful from the altar blessed so by open doors the monastery as well. Today, the fame of the pilgrimage site has been restored and every year unforgettable pilgrimages, worships and church concerts are held here. The church was elevated by Pope John Paul II. to Minor Basilica in1995. The church with its side wings and a four-row linden alley makes a cross visible from far away.

Nedaleko baziliky je situována olomoucká zoologická zahrada, jedinečná rozsáhlou expozicí mořských akvárií se žraloky, piraňami i korálovými rybami a společným výběhem vlků a medvědů. V areálu ZOO je také vyhlídková věž, ze které je vidět celá Olomouc a značná část Moravy.

Near The Holy Hill (300 m) there is the Olomouc ZOO interesting through its large collection of sea animals - sharks, piranhas, coral fish and others.

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The Holy Trinity Column
The Holy Trinity Column is listed since 2000 on the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage.

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Town Hall
Building has been for more than six centuries a symbol of economic and political importance of the former royal capital of Moravia.

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St Wenceslas' Cathedral
St Wenceslas' Cathedral with its two-tower face is an integral part of the city skyline.

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Sport activities
Olomouc is not only a city of beautiful sights, but also the sport.

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