Frenštát pod Radhoštěm (Czech pronunciation: [ˈfrɛnʃtaːt ˈpod radɦoʃcɛm]; German: Frankstadt (unter dem Radhoscht)) is a town in Nový Jičín District in the Moravian-Silesian Region of the Czech Republic. It has about 11,000 inhabitants. The historic town centre is well preserved and is protected by law as an urban monument zone.
Frenštát pod Radhoštěm
|• Mayor||Miroslav Halatin|
|• Total||11.43 km2 (4.41 sq mi)|
|Elevation||401 m (1,316 ft)|
|• Density||920/km2 (2,400/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
Frenštát pod Radhoštěm is made up of one administrative part.
Frenštát pod Radhoštěm lies at the confluence of the Lomná and Lubina rivers. The town is located in the Moravian-Silesian Foothills and extends into the Moravian-Silesian Beskids at the western tip. The mountain of Radhošť, contained in the name of the town, is located south of the town outside the municipal territory.
The first written mention of Frenštát is from 1382. It was probably founded during the colonization between 1293 and 1316. In 1473, tt was first referred to as a market town. In the 16th century, it became a prosperous market town with developed trade and handicrafts.
The Thirty Years' War affected the town severely as it was burned down in 1626, and occupied by the Swedes in 1646. The plague epidemic also affected Frenštát. In the 17th century, the economy grew, possibly due to being colonized by the Wallachians. In 1781, Frenštát was promoted to a town. 
In the second half of the 19th century, the industrialization occurred. Weaving switched to mechanical factory production, other important industries were dyeing, hosiery and the production of bentwood furniture. The development was supported by the opening of the railway in 1888. In 1921, Frenštát was renamed Frenštát pod Radhoštěm. The development ended with the World War II as the town was occupied by the Axis, but was liberated on 6 May 1945. After the war there was an extensive housing construction.
The town square is lined by preserved burgher houses. The landmark of the square is the two-storey Neorenaissance town hall. It was built in the Italianizing spirit in 1889–1891 on the site of an older town hall from 1796, and has an accessible tower. The interior is decorated by several valuable sculptures, including the original of the sculpture of Slavic god Radegast, created by Albin Polasek in 1929 and originally placed on Radhošť.
The Church of Saint Martin was built in the early Baroque style in 1661. The Baroque chapels of St. Barbara and St. John of Nepomuk were added in around 1740.
- Albin Polasek (1879–1965), Czech-American sculptor and educator
- Bohuslav Fiala (1890–1964), brigadier general
- Břetislav Bartoš (1893–1926), painter
- Záviš Kalandra (1902–1950), historian and theorist
- Zdeněk Parma (1925–2006), alpine skier
- Ladislav Adamec (1926–2007), politician, Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia in 1988–1989
- Jiří Raška (1941–2012), ski jumper, Olympic winner
- Karel Loprais (1949–2021), rally raid driver; lived here
- Jiří Parma (born 1963), ski jumper
- Iveta Bartošová (1966–2014), singer; grew up here
Twin towns – sister citiesEdit
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