Svatopluk Cech Square

This large rectangular square, in the municipal district of Moravian Ostrava and Přívoz, is dominated by the church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, built in a Neo-Gothic-Romanesque style. The church – like the entire Přívoz district – was designed by the renowned Viennese architect Camillo Sitte. The building was intended to be completed by 1898, for the jubilee celebrations marking 50 years of rule by Emperor Franz Josef I. However, construction was not finished until a year later, and the church was consecrated on Assumption Day (15 August) 1899 by Dr Theodor Kohn, Archbishop of Olomouc. Also present at the consecration ceremony was Archduke Eugene, representing Emperor Franz Josef I.

The church has a cruciform nave incorporating a long oval rotunda. The original plans included a cupola above the nave, but this idea was eventually abandoned, mainly due to financial constraints. The facade of the church is flanked by slim Gothic towers 67 metres in height.

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