The chrám Jména Panny Marie (literal translation “In The Name of the Virgin Mary Cathedral”) spiritual retreat in Křtiny is the work of J. B. Santini and is one of the oldest, most beautiful, artistically significant sacral sites in southern Moravia. The annual spiritual retreat takes place in May during the Pentacostal holiday.
Cathedral of the Divine Saviour
The Cathedral of the Divine Saviour, aside from Velehrad cathedral, is the largest in Moravia and Silesia. This cathedral is one of the most beautifully decorated religious monuments in Ostrava and the surrounding region. In 1889, Gustav Merretta completed the three-aisle, Neo-Renaissance basilica with a semicircular chevet and 67m-high tower. The interior is the work of Max von Ferstel. In May of 1996, Pope John Paul II established the Ostravan-Opavan diocese and in September of the same year this basilica was declared a cathedral.
The Church of St. Cyril and Methodius in Hrčava
The youngest (1936) of the wooden churches, at first sight appears to be very simple, however a richly engraved baptismal font is hidden inside. The borders of the Czech, Slovak and Polish Republics meet in the village of Hrčava. Three joint granite blocks with national coats of arms of the respective countries and their names have been erected here.
The leaning church of St Peter of Alcantara in Karviná
The church of St Peter of Alcantara, often simply called the ‘leaning church’, is situated on the outskirts of Karviná. Despite a history of movement, which has seen the subsoil collapse by several tens of metres over a relatively short period, and which has left the church with a pronounced lean, it is still standing and provides the region with a unique attraction.
Svatý Kopeček spiritual retreat
The Visitation of the Virgin Mary cathedral, a most significant spiritual retreat which was reconstructed during the years from 1669- 1679, and which dominates its landscape, replaced the original chapel which was built here in the early 17th century. The entire complex served as a summer retreat for the Premonstratensian order of the Hradisko monastery. During a visit in May of 1995, Pope John Paul II, declared this cathedral a basilica. Nearby, in a lovely forest setting, tourists can also enjoy the Olomouc Zoo.
This spiritual retreat’s significance is not limited to the Moravia Region. Two Slavic missionaries, Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius, began preaching Christianity at this site. Thousands of Christians from all around Europe meet at Velehrad on Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius Day. Velehrad basilica retreaters are in awe with humility and spiritual awareness.
Holy Hostýn is the most frequently visited pilgrimage shrine in Moravia and after Velehrad the most memorable one. For three centuries now thousands of pilgrims have been converging on Hostýn mountain (735 meter above sea level) with its sanctuary of Our Lady (a Basilica minor) to seek and find there a refuge from their troubles and needs. The Baroque church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary remained an active place of pilgrimage.