Place Olomouc

The Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc, in the Czech Republic is a Baroque monument that was built between 1716 and 1754. The main purpose was to celebrate the Catholic Church and faith, partly caused by feeling of gratitude for ending a plague, which struck Moravia between 1713 and 1715.: 18  The column was also understood to be an expression of local patriotism, since all artists and master craftsmen working on this monument were Olomouc citizens, and almost all depicted saints were connected with the city of Olomouc in some way.: 26 It is the biggest Baroque sculptural group in the Czech Republic. In 2000 it was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as “one of the most exceptional examples of the apogee of central European Baroque artistic expression”.

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Atlas Obscura 2017
These Beautiful Wine Cellars Carved Out of the Land Look Like Tiny Houses

Long underground corridors stocked with wine can be accessed through the pretty stone entrances decorated with Gothic arches.

Atlas Obscura 2018
Cave of the Blanik Knights

Discover Cave of the Blanik Knights in Kunštát, Czechia: An army of sleeping knights sculpted by a self-taught local artist beautifully depict an old Czech legend.

Atlas Obscura 2020
The Zwinger Gardens

Discover The Zwinger Gardens in Olomouc, Czechia: Once home to artillery, this garden offers more peace today than it did during its war-torn past.

Atlas Obscura 2020
Kristek’s House

Discover Kristek's House in Brno, Czechia: Of all the houses that grace this neighborhood, only one is a testament to surreal architecture.

Atlas Obscura 2020
Church of Blessed Maria Restituta Kafka

Discover Church of Blessed Maria Restituta Kafka in Brno, Czechia: A striking, modern church devoted to a nun who loved God and beer.

Atlas Obscura 2019
The Samurai of Brno

Discover The Samurai of Brno in Brno, Czechia: A peculiar samurai statue overlooks the center of Brno.

Atlas Obscura 2020
Mausoleum of Yugoslav Soldiers

Discover Mausoleum of Yugoslav Soldiers in Olomouc, Czechia: This almost a century old piece of architecture had been overlooked by most, except for the drunk and the homeless.

World Heritage Site 1999
Litomyšl Castle

Litomyšl Castle was originally a Renaissance arcade-castle of the type first developed in Italy and then adopted and greatly developed in central Europe in the 16th century. Its design and decoration are particularly fine, including the later High-Baro…

Atlas Obscura 2020
First Roma Stolpersteine

Discover First Roma Stolpersteine in Slatina, Czechia: These small, brass stones commemorate the first Roma victims of the Holocaust.

World Heritage Site 1998
Gardens and Castle at Kroměříž

Kroměříž stands on the site of an earlier ford across the River Morava, at the foot of the Chriby mountain range which dominates the central part of Moravia. The gardens and castle of Kroměříž are an exceptionally complete and well-preserved e…

Atlas Obscura 2020
‘The Thief’

Discover 'The Thief' in Olomouc, Czechia: A cheeky reminder about the value of art dangles above one of Olomouc's busiest streets.

World Heritage Site 2000
Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc

This memorial column, erected in the early years of the 18th century, is the most outstanding example of a type of monument specific to central Europe. In the characteristic regional style known as Olomouc Baroque and rising to a height of 35 m, it is d…

Atlas Obscura 2017
Zapa Concrete Factory

Discover Zapa Concrete Holubice in Holubice, Czechia: A concrete plant shaped like four giant soldiers commemorates one of the most decisive battles of the Napoleonic Wars.

Atlas Obscura 2019
11-Year-Old Mozart Statue

Discover 11-Year-Old Mozart Statue in Brno, Czechia: This strange statue depicts a young boy's body with an adult Mozart's head and a single wing.

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Atlas Obscura 2016
Nuclear Shelter 10-Z

Discover Nuclear Shelter 10-Z in Brno, Czechia: A former top secret nuclear fallout shelter now operates like a hotel stuck in the Cold War.

Atlas Obscura 2016
The Indecent Little Man on the Church of St. James

Discover The Indecent Little Man on the Church of St. James in Brno, Czechia: A cheeky architectural easter egg.

Atlas Obscura 2019
The Samurai of Brno

Discover The Samurai of Brno in Brno-st?ed, Czechia: A peculiar samurai statue overlooks the center of Brno.

World Heritage Site 2001
Tugendhat Villa in Brno

The Tugendhat Villa in Brno, designed by the architect Mies van der Rohe, is an outstanding example of the international style in the modern movement in architecture as it developed in Europe in the 1920s. Its particular value lies in the application of…

World Heritage Site 1996
Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape

Between the 17th and 20th centuries, the ruling dukes of Liechtenstein transformed their domains in southern Moravia into a striking landscape. It married Baroque architecture (mainly the work of Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach) and the classical and…