"St. Wenceslas' Cathedral." Olomouc Things to Do Tip by Askla

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  • Comemorating the inauguration on June 30, 1131. - Olomouc
      Comemorating the inauguration on June 30, 1131.
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  • Coffin with the mortal remains of Jan Sarkander. - Olomouc
      Coffin with the mortal remains of Jan Sarkander.
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The construction of St. Wenceslas' cathedral was started in 1104 by Prince Svatopluk but his death in 1109 prevented him from finishing the church. His son Václav was also unable to finish the construction. Shortly before his death he donated the unfinished church to the Bishop of Olomouc, Jindrich Zdik who inaugurated the church on June 30, 1131. However the church was only completed in 1141. After a fire in 1265 it was rebuilt in Gothic style but it has been rebuilt many times since then, the latest was finished in 1892.

After an uprising in 1618 the priest Jan Sarkander was accused by Protestants for having helped to arrange the invasion of the army of the Polish Catholic King into Moravia. He was interrogated under torture to reveal confessional secrets. He died on March 17, 1620, from the woundes of the torture but he did not reveal any secrets. The coffin containing his mortal remains stands close to the altar. The torture chamber can be seen beneath the Chapel of Jan Sarkander in Na Hrade street close to St. Michaels church.

Address: Václavské Námesti.
Directions: About 5-600 metres north-east from the Main Square, close to the Morava River.

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  • Updated Dec 12, 2012
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