You can see the basilica from Olomouc, on a hill around 8km's (5 miles) away. Took the tram to the train station, and then connected with a bus to the village of Svaty Kopecek. A one way tram and bus ride normally costs 14 korunas (70 cents), but our local transportation is included with our Olomouc Region Card.
on Holy Hill was
built in the 1600’s. It was recently canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1995,
and is now a minor basilica. Pilgrimage
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Ruth and Kevin at the entrance.
View from the hill.
There is a beautiful view of the city of
Olomouc from Holy Hill, however it was such a
hot hazy day that there was no point in getting a photo. We did go for a walk
around the top and there was a nice view facing another direction though. Then
we went for a 2 km walk through the forest to get to . Fort Radikov
The old fort has lots of tunnels. This one has been restored.
This one hasn't been!
Some you can still enter, but you have to be careful!
It would have taken a lot of man hours to build these walls!
The fort was one of a series of designed protection areas against
Prussia in the 1800’s but as
relationships got better, was the only one
actually built. By 1882 it was inhabited by 800 soldiers, but it was vacated
and left to ruin not many years later. It is currently in ruins, however they
are in the process of rebuilding 25% of the fort as an attraction. For now, it
is free to just wander around. Fort
Afterwards we wandered back to the village and found a place for an ice cream. Three and a half year old Frantisek sure enjoyed his!
Our couchsurfing host Mirek, his son Frantisek, and Ruth. Mirek's wife Hanka has gone to school in Brno for the week.
Ruth with her glass of wine!
It was nice to sit and relax so we had a couple of nice cold beers and Ruth had a glass of wine. By this time, a short rainstorm had gone through and the temperature cooled off a bit. We decided to walk a bit more back towards the city of
and then caught our bus and tram back to the flat.
Another view of Holy Hill.
Today, we think we’re going to try and go to the antique car museum and then an area park that we haven’t seen yet. Then, it’s another travel day for us as we head to the foothills of the
on the train this evening. Expecting to do some nice hiking over the next few
days! Bezkydy Mountains
Speaking of antique cars, how about these two classics we saw on the walk this afternoon. The white one is an old German car, about 40 years old. The body was made of plastic and it was manufactured so that the poorer people of communist Czechoslavakia could afford a car. There are still a few of them around. The orange one is an older Skoda.