Saint Wenceslas Cathedral

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Cathedral of St Wenceslas
Katedrála svatého Václava
Olomouc Katedrala Sv. Vaclava.jpg
Cathedral of St Wenceslas is located in Czech Republic
Cathedral of St Wenceslas
Cathedral of St Wenceslas
Location in Czech Republic
49°35′52″N 17°15′45″E / 49.5978°N 17.2624°E / 49.5978; 17.2624Coordinates: 49°35′52″N 17°15′45″E / 49.5978°N 17.2624°E / 49.5978; 17.2624
Location Olomouc
Country Czech Republic
Denomination Roman Catholic
Website Website of the Cathedral
Founded 1107
Dedication St Wenceslas
Consecrated 30 June 1131
Status Active
Functional status Cathedral
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic
Number of spires 3
Diocese Olomouc
Archbishop Jan Graubner
Rector Ladislav Švirák

Saint Wenceslas Cathedral (Czech language: Katedrála svatého Václava) is a gothic cathedral at Wenceslas square in Olomouc, in the Czech Republic, founded in 1107. The square was named after Saint Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia on the thousandth anniversary of his death in 1935. The cathedral is also named after him.

The Cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Olomouc.

restoration of Saint Wenceslas Cathedral in 2006


The cathedral began in the Romanesque style and was consecrated in 1131. Extensive Gothic modifications were made in 13th and 14th century.

Czech king Wenceslaus III of Bohemia was murdered in a nearby house of the former dean of the cathedral on August 4, 1306. Wenceslaus III was the last of the male Přemyslid rulers of Bohemia.

Gothic revival changes, which included refacing the building, rebuilding the west front and the construction of the central tower, were made during 1883–1892. These were designed by Gustav Meretta and R. Völkel.

Saint Wenceslas Cathedral, January 2006

The cathedral was restored February 2004 – 2007.


The cathedral's main tower is 100.65 metres (330.2 ft) high, making it the 4th tallest building in the Czech Republic.[citation needed]

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