Roundtrip in Austria-Hungary

Kremsier (Kromeriz)

The cadre and 4th battalion of the 3rd Infantry Regiment of Moravia settled in Kremsier. The crew consisted of Moravians and, to a lesser extent, Germans. One of the postcards of the regiment shows the silhouette of the city center. Based on the outlines, three larger and more notable blocks of buildings in the city can be identified. From the left, the first double-towered building is the Gothic church of St. Moritz. In the middle, the one-towered building is the Church of the Assumption of Mary was built in Baroque style. Third rather to the right is the round domed block of the Church of St. John the Baptist.

I have written about the city of Kremsier “Athens of Moravia” here already. In this post, I’d rather share some information about the three attractions. Of course, it is no coincidence that three high churches play a major role in the city’s skyline. Kremsier was an important ecclesiastical center of the Archdiocese of Olomouc, with an archbishop’s palace. The Gothic Church of St. Moritz is the oldest of the three, built after 1256 by the Bishop of Olomouc. The town was burnt down by Swedish troops during the Thirty Years’ War in 1643, and this church has survived from the old town core. Reconstruction was again directed by the Diocese of Olomouc, and a series of Baroque buildings were built at that time. These buildings also define today’s cityscape. So the other two churches are in Baroque style. The Church of the Assumption of Mary was the oldest church in the city, but only its tower remained after the destruction of the city. Next to it, the Baroque church hall was built in the first half of the 1700s. The round-domed church of St. John the Baptist was built only after this.

The postcard attached to the entry shows a view of the city from the south-west. In order to keep the rules of the site I attach the regiment’s Kappenabzeichen too.

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