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St Michael's Church
Ranked #10 of 58 things to do in Olomouc
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Reviewed February 2, 2012

Great views from the spire and a wonderful little square at the base...

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Reviewed May 13, 2010

St Michael's church is one of Olomouc's many unappreciated architectural sights. Perhaps because the exterior is so plain most travellers skip it altogether and miss out on a spectacular example of a baroque church interior.

Built to replace an earlier church destroyed in the Thirty Years' War, St Michael's sits at the highest point of Olomouc's old town. Right at the top and now in the crypt of the adjoining seminary is the fresh water spring that is connected with the legend of the city's founding by Roman soldiers.

Also in the adjoining seminary are the bell tower and Czech chapel, but the main attractions are in the core of St Michael's itself. The portrait of the pregnant virgin watches over you as you enter, and the larger than life statues of the twelve apostles line the aisle to the main altar.

The three gigantic domes of the ceiling represent the holy trinity; frescoes of the father and the son gaze down from the front and rear domes, and under the central and highest a sculpted silver dove represents the holy ghost.

Halfway along the left hand side of the church is the altar displaying the holy relics of Saint Jan Sarkander and if you look back above the main doors you may be able to see the pipe organ that was moved from Hradisko monastery when it was seized by the Austrian Empire for secular purposes.

Keep an eye out also for the unusual coat of arms with foxes, guns and cannonballs. This is the family crest of a man named Fuchs who was commander of the Olomouc fortress at the time St Michael's was being built. The story goes that the church ran out of funds to complete the highest dome, Fuchs donated a large part of his personal fortune so that it could be finished and was rewarded with a sculpture of his family crest being added to identify him as patron of the highest dome.

St Michael's is open seven days a week from 7am to at least 6pm and admission is free. There is a dress code that requests gentlemen remove their hats and ladies cover their shoulders where possible. Pets, food and behaving in a way that disrupts services are not permitted.

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