Olomouc is a town rich in history. It is the second largest historical town reserve in the Czech Republic and there is an ancient university in the town. Therefore the town of Olomouc belongs to the most significant culture centres in the Czech Republic. Its rich cultural life and tradition as well as a central location in Moravia make the town an attractive place not only for tourists or artists, but also for businessmen. The traditional events are e.g.:
More information on the events you will find e.g. on http://www.olomouc-tourism.cz
You can use a wide range of cultural events for a high-quality and interesting social and accompanying programme of your actions. The Regional Centre Olomouc can organize for you not only sightseeing of the following historical monuments, but thanks to our rich experience we are also ready to arrange for you a programme in accordance with your wishes and requirements.
The astronomical clock (horologe) forms a part of the northern wall of the town hall on the Upper Square. The astronomical clock dates back to 15th century and its present ornamentation in the spirit of the socialist realism is a work of Karel Svolinský. One of the few heliocentric astronomical clocks in the world is concerned. There is situated also the Holy Trinity Column on this square which was inscribed in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List in 2000 because of its artistic and historical value. A unique monument is also a set of six Olomouc baroque fountains. In 2002 the set was enriched by a new Arion Fountain created by the sculptor Ivan Theimer (in cooperation with a Tuscan architect Angela Chiantelli) for his native town.
The neo-Gothic cathedral is thanks to its second highest church tower in the Czech Republic a dominant feature of Olomouc. The original Romanesque basilica was founded about the year 1107 by the duke Svatopluk. In the neighbouring house of the former Olomouc deanery the King of Bohemia Václav III. (Wenceslas), the last member of the royal Přemysl dynasty, was assassinated in 1306. There is situated the largest bell in Moravia in the cathedral. Also the following monuments are situated in Olomouc: Romanesque Palace, St Moritz Church, Church of St Mary-in-the-Snow, St Michael's Church and, of course, last but not least, a wide Baroque area called Haná Escorial – the Hradisko Monastery. There have remained remains of medieval town fortification on the south part of the town and the oldest part of the wall dates from the 12th century.
The historical centre of the town is surrounded by several extensive gardens which separate the historical town reserve from modern building development and create together a unique urban region.
The Moravian Theatre Olomouc has been a constant theatre scene since 1920. Thanks to three ensembles and its own orchestra ballets, operas, operettas, musicals, plays and fairy tales take turns on the stage. Among the most successful performances in the repertoire of the Moravian Theatre Olomouc the opera Nabucco, dance double-evening-performance The Beatles & Queen, comedy Lady's Tailor or a dance musical Edith – Sparrow from the Suburb are included. Since 2008 the theatre plays also in chamber spaces, for which the staging Playing Finished by Ota Pavel, comedy At Home at Hitler's by Arnošt Goldflam or the adaptation of the famous film novella Ear by Jan Procházka have been prepared. Every year in May the Moravian Theatre Olomouc participates in organizing one of the greatest international theatre festivals in the Czech Republic – Theatre Flora.
Except for the cultural enjoyments the town of Olomouc and the RCO offer a wide range of sports and leisure time activities. You can keep fit in the fitness centre under leadership of experienced coaches in the RCO high-rise building. Not far from Olomouc you can visit: ZOO Olomouc, Golf Club Véska, water park, tennis courts, or you can cycle there.
The zoological gardens Olomouc are unique in their location. They are situated in foot-hills of the Nízký Jeseník in beautiful coniferous forests. They extend on the area of 42.5 hectares. At present the zoological gardens own 1800 pieces of 398 species of animals. You can see rare species of animals in five pavilions and many other animals in free ranges and expositions, you can make a round journey by a small train or you can have a view of the unique outlook tower which is 32 m high.
The ZOO specializes in the following specimens: giraffes, African ungulata, northern fauna and sea aquaria.
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