Rajhrad (German: Groß Raigern) is a town in Brno-Country District in the South Moravian Region of the Czech Republic. It has about 4,000 inhabitants.

Rajhrad
Benedictine monastery
Benedictine monastery
Flag of Rajhrad
Coat of arms of Rajhrad
Rajhrad is located in Czech Republic
Rajhrad
Rajhrad
Location in the Czech Republic
Coordinates: 49°5′25″N 16°36′14″E / 49.09028°N 16.60389°E / 49.09028; 16.60389Coordinates: 49°5′25″N 16°36′14″E / 49.09028°N 16.60389°E / 49.09028; 16.60389
Country Czech Republic
RegionSouth Moravian
DistrictBrno-Country
First mentioned1169
Government
 • MayorFrantišek Ondráček
Area
 • Total9.49 km2 (3.66 sq mi)
Elevation
190 m (620 ft)
Population
 (2021-01-01)[1]
 • Total3,974
 • Density420/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
664 61
Websitewww.rajhrad.cz

HistoryEdit

The first written mention of Rajhrad is from 1169. It was probably founded at the turn of 10th and 11th centuries and named after a nearby former gord. The Benedictine monastery was founded here in the mid-11th century. In 1234, Rajhrad was allowed to hold a market, and in 1330, it was called a market village. In 1339, it was first referred to as a market town.[2]

In 2000, Rajhrad became a town.[2]

SightsEdit

The monastery is the main sight. It is one of the oldest and most valuable monasteries in Moravia. It includes the abbey Church of Saints Peter and Paul, which was built during the Baroque reconstruction of the monastery. It was designed by the architect Jan Santini Aichel. Today the monastery houses the Monument of Literature in Moravia with a historical library.[3]

Notable peopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Population of Municipalities – 1 January 2021". Czech Statistical Office. 2021-04-30.
  2. ^ a b "Starodávné městečko" (in Czech). Město Rajhrad. Retrieved 2021-11-16.
  3. ^ "Klášter v Rajhradě u Brna" (in Czech). Czech Tourism. Retrieved 2021-11-16.

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