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Humpolec (Czech pronunciation: [ˈɦumpolɛts]; German: Humpoletz)[2] is a town in the Vysočina Region of the Czech Republic. It is situated south-east of the Czech capital Prague, roughly halfway between Prague and Brno, on the northwestern edge of the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands (Českomoravská vrchovina).

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Upper Square
Flag of Humpolec
Coat of arms of Humpolec
Coat of arms
Humpolec is located in Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Coordinates: 49°32′30″N 15°21′26″E / 49.54167°N 15.35722°E / 49.54167; 15.35722Coordinates: 49°32′30″N 15°21′26″E / 49.54167°N 15.35722°E / 49.54167; 15.35722
CountryCzech Republic
Founded13th century
 • MayorKarel Kratochvíl
 • Total51.49 km2 (19.88 sq mi)
527 m (1,729 ft)
 • Total10,894
 • Density210/km2 (550/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
394 51 - 396 01

Humpolec was first mentioned in 1178. A silver mining town in the 13th-15th century, Humpolec became known for cloth production from the 17th century, which reached its peak in the 19th century.[3][2]

Humpolec is the birthplace of Aleš Hrdlička, well-known Czech-American anthropologist, Jan Zábrana, one of the greatest Bohemian writers and translators of 20th century, Josef Stránský, conductor of the New York Philharmonic, Ivan Martin Jirous, poet, underground writer and member of anticommunist opposition, Jaroslav Augusta, a noted painter, Dušan Kadlec, MFA , CSMA, lives in Halifax Nova Scotia 1968 - 2018,He was one of the most important artists working out of Canada in the last 30 years. And Joseph Drapell, an abstract painter who lives in Toronto.


  1. ^ "Population of municipalities of the Czech republic". Czech Statistical Office. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
  2. ^ a b Humpoletz, article in: Meyers Konversations-Lexikon, 4. Aufl. 1888–1890
  3. ^ History of Humpolec

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