St. Maurice Church

Olomouc, Czech Republic

St. Maurice Church is one the most precious buildings of the late Gothic style in Moravia. The three-naved structure has a cross vaulting dating from the middle of the 14th century. A more advanced net vault may be seen in the presbytery.

Two asymmetric prismatic towers were built on the western facade. In the western part of the church there is a unique double spiral staircase.

The real gem is the late Gothic sculpture of the 15th century, Christ on the Mount of Olives, located in the interior.

On the northern wall of the church, there is the Renaissance burial chapel of the Edelmann family. After a fire in 1709, the interior was redecorated in the Baroque style; Loretta Chapel and All Souls Chapel were added. Painters Jan Kryštof Handke, Karel Josef Haringer and Karel Moravec and sculptors Filip Sattler, Jan Sturmer and Jiří Antonín Heinz took part in the Baroque adaptations of the interior.

Maurice‘s organ, the largest organ in Central Europe and the eighth largest in Europe, were made by Master Michael Engler in 1745. It was decorated by the sculptor Philip Sattler and the wood-carver Jan Jiří Huckh. The original Baroque instrument with three keyboards underwent a renovation in the sixties of the 20th century.At that time a modern instrument was added, with 5 keyboards. Now the organ has 135 registers and 10,400 pipes.

In the mid 19th century, the church was equipped with new historicist furniture and underwent re-gothization in the years 1869-1908. The main altar is decorated with a Neo-Gothic retable from the mid 19th century.

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Founded: 14th century
Category: Religious sites in Czech Republic

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Volodymyr (10 months ago)
Nice cathedral and free observation deck with incredible view of the city (you can leave a donation to support the place)
Tom Drever (2 years ago)
Amazing place. Really beautiful interior to the church, and it's so quiet considering its town centre location. Great panoramic views of Olomouc from the top of the tower - you can really stand there and take it all in. Remember to donate a little for your visit!:)
Linas Gutauskas (2 years ago)
This church has a free tower, where you can climb stairs and see beautiful old town panorama.
Marek Pagacz (2 years ago)
Not bad, but also nothing spectacular. Yet another church. The tower you can go up to is pretty awesome, as you can admire the entire city scape.
Expat (3 years ago)
The church was under repair the last four times I visited Olomouc. Finally, on my fifth visit, I was able to enter. The interior is serene and beautiful.
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