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The Merchants Houses, Olomouc, Czech Republic

Information on the Merchants Houses in Olomouc

Merchant’s House “The Golden Deer”

The house belongs to the collection of 15 privileged merchants’ houses called “Under wealthy shops”. We can find these being mentioned as early as 1362. The corner palace originated with the connection of two medieval residential plots. As a remainder of an old core there are Gothic and Renaissance cellars and also ground-floor rooms with a late Gothic reticulated comb vault from the 15th century. It is modified by one span of a High Gothic brick-built ribbed vault. Renaissance reconstruction enriched the building with a corner bay window. Later, the Baroque façade of the floors was rebuilt in the classicist style when another floor was built. The sign which gives the building its name came into being after 1739, when Tobias Hirsch owned the house.

Merchant’s House “The Red Bullock”

An attached house of three storeys stands on medieval substructures. Vaults have been preserved on the whole ground floor area – at the back part they are in the Renaissance and Classicistic style, while those of the Baroque style in the entrance hall, called masshaus, probably date from the time after the fire in 1709. The frontage has a neo-Renaissance design from the ’eighties of the 19th century. As early as in 1630 the house was called “At the Red Bullock” and since long ago there has been a well-known coaching inn of Olomouc, a tavern, there, which since 1997 has been a restaurant, called after the sign – a suspended sculpture of a red bullock’s head above the entrance.

Information courtesy of Olomouc Tourism

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