Fulnek (Czech pronunciation: [ˈfulnɛk]) is a town in Nový Jičín District in the Moravian-Silesian Region of the Czech Republic. It has about 5,500 inhabitants. The historic town centre is well preserved and is protected by law as an urban monument zone.

Komenského Square with the town hall
Komenského Square with the town hall
Flag of Fulnek
Coat of arms of Fulnek
Fulnek is located in Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Coordinates: 49°42′45″N 17°54′12″E / 49.71250°N 17.90333°E / 49.71250; 17.90333
Country Czech Republic
DistrictNový Jičín
First mentioned1293
 • MayorRadka Krištofová
 • Total68.49 km2 (26.44 sq mi)
258 m (846 ft)
 • Total5,545
 • Density81/km2 (210/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
742 45

Administrative parts Edit

Villages of Děrné, Dolejší Kunčice, Jerlochovice, Jestřabí, Jílovec, Kostelec, Lukavec, Pohořílky, Stachovice and Vlkovice are administrative parts of Fulnek.

Geography Edit

Fulnek is located about 14 kilometres (9 mi) north of Nový Jičín and 25 km (16 mi) southwest of Ostrava. It lies in the hilly landscape of the Nízký Jeseník range. The highest point is at 555 m (1,821 ft) above sea level. The town lies at the confluence of two streams, Husí and Gručovka.

History Edit

Horní Castle

Fulnek was probably founded by the lords of Lichtenburk, who received this land from King Ottokar II of Bohemia. The first written mention of Fulnek is from 1293, when the town already had a fortress, a church and a rectory. The town was probably planned as the centre of a larger estate, which is indicated by the relatively large town square. Fulnek was inhabited by German population, during the Hussite Wars became partly Czech.[2]

In the 16th century, Fulnek was a prosperous Renaissance town with German majority. It became an important centre of Moravian Church. A very important representative of this church was John Amos Comenius, who lived and worked here in 1618–1621.[2]

In the first half of the 17th century, when Fulnek was owned by the Bruntálský of Vrbno family, there was a lively construction activity in the early Baroque style, which significantly enriched the town and gave it a new character. At the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th century, Fulnek developed rapidly thanks to cloth and weaving production.[2]

Until 1918, Fulnek was part of Austria-Hungary. After the end of World War I, by 24 November 1918, the town became part of the Czechoslovak Republic.[3] In the second half of the 1920s, ethnic differences in the town subsided.[2]

In 1938, Fulnek was occupied by the Nazi Germany and administeted as part of the Reichsgau Sudetenland. Until the spring of 1945, it became the main control centre for Germanization resettlement operations throughout the border, which was occupied by Germany. The great fire at the end of the war severely damaged the historic centre, but did not damage the town's landmarks. The German-speaking population was expelled in 1945 according to the Beneš decrees and replaced by Czech settlers.[2]

Demographics Edit

Historical population
Source: Censuses[4][5]

Transport Edit

Train station

Fulnek lies on a short railway line of local importance heading from Fulnek to Suchdol nad Odrou.[6]

Sport Edit

The local football club Fotbal Fulnek plays in lower amateur tiers.

Sights Edit

Church of the Holy Trinity
Knurr's Palace

The complex of the Fulnek Castle is formed by two buildings called Upper Castle and Lower Castle (Horní and Dolní). The old Gothic castle, first documented in 1372, was rebuilt into a Renaissance residence in the 1560s–1570s and now is called Upper Castle. In 1628–1633, the third floor was added and a tower was built. In 1653–1655, the fortification was modernized and the castle was baroque modified. Another building, now called Lower Castle, was built along the medieval fortification in the mid-18th century and then adapted to the flats and offices of lords' officials. Today the castle complex is privately owned and inaccessible to the public.[7]

The Church of the Holy Trinity was built in 1750–1760 and is one of the most important Baroque monuments in the region. Originally, it was part of the Augustinian monastery, from which the Gothic cloister has been preserved (today part of the rectory).[8]

A Capuchin monastery was founded here in 1668. The complex of baroque buildings dates from the 1670s, the Church of Saint Joseph was built in 1674-1683. The monastery was abolished in 1950 and the complex fell into disrepair. The church was reconstructed in 2006 and is used for cultural and social purposes.[9]

Knurr's Palace dates from the early 18th century. It was built for the local burgher E. Knurr. Today it houses the Memorial of J. A. Comenius with an exposition on his life in Fulnek, and a library.[10]

Notable people Edit

Twin towns – sister cities Edit

Fulnek is twinned with:[11]

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ "Population of Municipalities – 1 January 2023". Czech Statistical Office. 2023-05-23.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Historie" (in Czech). Město Fulnek. Retrieved 2022-02-18.
  3. ^ Mommsen, Hans; Kováč, Dušan; Malíř, Jiří (2001). "Im Widerstreit der Selbstbestimmungsansprüche: vom Habsburgerstaat zur Tschechoslowakei–die Deutschen der böhmischen Länder 1918 bis 1919". Der Erste Weltkrieg und die Beziehungen zwischen Tschechen, Slowaken und Deutschen (in German). Klartext. p. 201. ISBN 3-88474-951-X.
  4. ^ "Historický lexikon obcí České republiky 1869–2011 – Okres Nový Jičín" (in Czech). Czech Statistical Office. 2015-12-21. pp. 1–2.
  5. ^ "Population Census 2021: Population by sex". Public Database. Czech Statistical Office. 2021-03-27.
  6. ^ "Detail stanice Fulnek" (in Czech). České dráhy. Retrieved 2023-07-18.
  7. ^ "Zámecký komplex" (in Czech). Tourist Information Centre Fulnek. Retrieved 2022-02-18.
  8. ^ "Kostel Nejsvětější Trojice" (in Czech). Tourist Information Centre Fulnek. Retrieved 2022-02-18.
  9. ^ "Kostel sv. Josefa" (in Czech). Tourist Information Centre Fulnek. Retrieved 2022-02-18.
  10. ^ "Knurrův palác" (in Czech). National Heritage Institute. Retrieved 2022-02-18.
  11. ^ "Partnerská města" (in Czech). Tourist Information Centre Fulnek. Retrieved 2022-02-18.

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