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Historic Czech cathedral to be renovated

  • The interior of the Cathedral of St Wenceslas in Olomouc, the Czech Republic, will be restored with support from Norway.


    Extensive construction of the external shell of the cathedral in Olomouc has been ongoing since 1999. The coming project financed by Norway and the Olomouc Region will take the conservation work on the national monument through its most comprehensive and final stages.

    The Cathedral's interior, featuring 18th century frescoes in the chapel of St. Stanislav and in the Loreto chapel and several exhibits in the choir chapel, will be completely restored. A mausoleum and meditation space will be opened in the lower crypt. The crypt guards the coffins of 3 Olomouc bishops and has to date not been open to the public. The renovation will also include modernisation of the electric wiring, as well as installation of air-condition and illumination systems.

    The Cathedral of St Wenceslas was consecrated in 1131, but most of what is visible today results from neo-Gothic renovations in the late 19th century. The Cathedral is named after the patron saint of the Czech Republic, St Wencleslas I, Duke of Bohemia. With its 3 towers the Cathedral is a prominent landmark in Olomouc, the ecclesiastical capital of Moravia.

  • Country:

    Czech Republic

    Project title:

    Interior repairs and restoration of Olomouc cathedral (reg. no. 109/2. V)

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Conservation of European cultural heritage


    € 837,951



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual Project

    Project promoter:

    Roman Catholic Parish of St. Wenceslas in Olomouc)

    Type of institution:


    Project duration:

    31 months

    Project cost:

    € 994,600

    Grant rate:


    Grant from:

    Norway Grants

    Grant agreement date:

    05 January 2009

    The purpose of the Project is to refurbish the interior of the Olomouc cathedral and to restore frescoes, furniture and church treasuries, with the overall objective of conserving cultural heritage in the Czech Republic. Reference is made to the application, dated 14 November 2007, and any subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point.

    The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:

    - interior repairs;

    - modernization of electric wiring;

    - installation of illumination-, security- and air-condition systems;

    - purchase and installation of equipment;

    - restoration of local interior objects and exhibits; and

    - management and publicity including tender procedure.

    The Project Promoter is the Roman Catholic Parish of St. Wenceslas in Olomouc.

    Subject to national law, the Project shall be implemented in partnership with the 'Metropolitan Chapter of St. Wenceslas in Olomouc'.

    The Focal Point shall ensure that the 'Olomouc Region' provides at least 15.75 percent of the estimated eligible project costs.