Přeštice

Přeštice (Czech pronunciation: [ˈpr̝̊ɛʃcɪtsɛ]; German: Prestitz) is a town in Plzeň-South District in the Plzeň Region of the Czech Republic. It has about 7,000 inhabitants. It lies on the Úhlava River, some 20 km (12 mi) to the south from the region capital of Plzeň.

Přeštice
Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary
Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary
Coat of arms of Přeštice
Přeštice is located in Czech Republic
Přeštice
Přeštice
Location in the Czech Republic
Coordinates: 49°34′23″N 13°19′57″E / 49.57306°N 13.33250°E / 49.57306; 13.33250Coordinates: 49°34′23″N 13°19′57″E / 49.57306°N 13.33250°E / 49.57306; 13.33250
Country Czech Republic
RegionPlzeň
DistrictPlzeň-South
First mentioned1226
Government
 • MayorKarel Naxera (TOP 09)
Area
 • Total25.41 km2 (9.81 sq mi)
Elevation
345 m (1,132 ft)
Population
 (2021-01-01)[1]
 • Total7,049
 • Density280/km2 (720/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
334 01
Websitewww.prestice-mesto.cz

Administrative partsEdit

Villages of Skočice, Zastávka and Žerovice are administrative parts of Přeštice.

HistoryEdit

The first written mention of Přeštice is from 1226. In 1770–1775, the Baroque Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary was built, designed by Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer.[2]

Until 1918, Prestitz – Přeštice (previously Przestitz or Prestic)[3] was part of the Austrian monarchy (Austria side after the compromise of 1867), in the district of the same name, one of the 94 Bezirkshauptmannschaften in Bohemia.[4]

After the end of World War II, exactly 1,795 Torah scrolls were discovered stockpiled within an abandoned synagogue in the town. Today most of these scrolls are under the protection of museums and preservation societies, though a few have been donated to synagogues internationally.

Notable peopleEdit

Twin towns – sister citiesEdit

Přeštice is twinned with:[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Population of Municipalities – 1 January 2021". Czech Statistical Office. 2021-04-30.
  2. ^ "Home Page: Historie města" (in Czech). Město Přeštice. Retrieved 2021-06-07.
  3. ^ Handbook of Austria and Lombardy-Venetia Cancellations on the Postage Stamp Issues 1850-1864, by Edwin Mueller, 1961.
  4. ^ Die postalischen Abstempelungen auf den österreichischen Postwertzeichen-Ausgaben 1867, 1883 und 1890, Wilhelm Klein, 1967
  5. ^ "Partnerská města" (in Czech). Město Přeštice. Retrieved 2020-07-28.

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