Sunday, July 14, 2013

Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc

Olomouc is the sixth largest city of Czech Republic. It is a very famous historical tourist attraction as the inner city is the second-largest historical monuments preserve in the country, after Prague. Olomouc contains several large squares, the chief of which is adorned with the Holy Trinity Column, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as "one of the most exceptional examples of the apogee of central European Baroque artistic expression". Built in 1716–1754 in honor of God, the main purpose of this Baroque monument was a spectacular celebration of Catholic Church and faith, partly caused by feeling of gratitude for ending a plague, which struck Moravia between 1714 and 1716. I am very pleased to receive the two postcards from Olomouc, sent by my friend Jitka, to show this gorgeous city.  Apart from the Holy Trinity Column, the first postcard also shows the city hall with astronomical clock on the left and obelisk of the Triton’s fountain on the right. Some other important monuments are depicted on the second one, for example the Hradisko Monastery and the Saint Wenceslas Cathedral. Thank you very much Jitka! These postcards also remind me that Czech Post issued an amazing engraved stamp for the Holy Trinity Column, as you can see from the photo above. That is part of a first day cover franked with that stamp also the Europa stamp 2012 “Visit Czech Republic” sent by my friend Radim, much more than appreciated too!