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Olomouc 2012

we arrive in Olomouc, former capital of Moravia
we arrive in Olomouc, former capital of Moravia
it's a quiet Sunday, so we walk into the old town
it's a quiet Sunday, so we walk into the old town
the eastern side has a long history of religious centers and buildings
the eastern side has a long history of religious centers and buildings
it makes for a very pleasant walk...
it makes for a very pleasant walk...
Olomouc is also famous for arts, as a home for composers and an opera house
Olomouc is also famous for arts, as a home for composers and an opera house
about this part of the town's history we are less certain...
about this part of the town's history we are less certain...
we arrive at the biggest town square, the Horni namesti
we arrive at the biggest town square, the Horni namesti
it has a famous Holy Trinity column...
it has a famous Holy Trinity column...
...and is ringed by large old buildings
...and is ringed by large old buildings
Olomouc is also known for fountains; there are several on this square alone
Olomouc is also known for fountains; there are several on this square alone
architectural details reveal the town's link to the Austrian Empire
architectural details reveal the town's link to the Austrian Empire
rounding the square, we head for the town hall
rounding the square, we head for the town hall
this astronomical clock was rebuilt in the 1950s with a Soviet aesthetic
this astronomical clock was rebuilt in the 1950s with a Soviet aesthetic
Svobody boulevard has a hint of Vienna
Svobody boulevard has a hint of Vienna
the Dolni square is being excavated in preparation for rehabilitation
the Dolni square is being excavated in preparation for rehabilitation
some interesting finds under the cobbles
some interesting finds under the cobbles
on a back street, heading toward the old town wall...
on a back street, heading toward the old town wall...
...and down into the gardens lining the Mlynsky creek
...and down into the gardens lining the Mlynsky creek
back up in old town again, we rejoin the boulevards
back up in old town again, we rejoin the boulevards
looking toward Republic square, it couldn't be much calmer
looking toward Republic square, it couldn't be much calmer
Republic square is ringed with museums...
Republic square is ringed with museums...
...and we pop in to the Regional Museum, which shows history and nature
...and we pop in to the Regional Museum, which shows history and nature
then to the excellent Museum of Modern Art
then to the excellent Museum of Modern Art
an interesting exhibit on Czech and other photographers
an interesting exhibit on Czech and other photographers
then a great collection of Czech and Austrian decorative arts
then a great collection of Czech and Austrian decorative arts
at the top of the museum is a view over part of the city
at the top of the museum is a view over part of the city
back on the street, we start our way back to the hotel
back on the street, we start our way back to the hotel
and then we wave goodbye to Olomouc...!
and then we wave goodbye to Olomouc...!