Skuteč

Skuteč (Czech pronunciation: [ˈskutɛtʃ]; German: Skutsch) is a town in the Chrudim District in the Pardubice Region of the Czech Republic. It has about 5,000 inhabitants.

Skuteč
Town
Town hall on the Palacký Square
Town hall on the Palacký Square
Flag of Skuteč
Flag
Coat of arms of Skuteč
Coat of arms
Skuteč is located in Czech Republic
Skuteč
Skuteč
Location in the Czech Republic
Coordinates: 49°50′47″N 15°59′45″E / 49.84639°N 15.99583°E / 49.84639; 15.99583Coordinates: 49°50′47″N 15°59′45″E / 49.84639°N 15.99583°E / 49.84639; 15.99583
Country Czech Republic
RegionPardubice
DistrictChrudim
First mentioned1282
Government
 • MayorPavel Bezděk
Area
 • Total35.4 km2 (13.7 sq mi)
Elevation
410 m (1,350 ft)
Population
 (2020-01-01[1])
 • Total5,047
 • Density140/km2 (370/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
539 73
Websitewww.skutec.cz

Administrative partsEdit

Villages of Borek, Hněvětice, Lažany, Lešany, Lhota u Skutče, Nová Ves, Radčice, Skutíčko, Štěpánov, Zbožnov, Zhoř and a town part of Žďárec u Skutče are administrative parts of Skuteč.

GeographyEdit

The town lies in the undulating and hilly landscape and gave it its name – "Skutečská Upland" (geomorphological unit). It is part of the Iron Mountains. A part of the cadastral territory of the town is a part of the nature reserve "Anenské valley". In the valley flows "Anenský brook" and in the middle of the valley is the Chapel of St. Anne. Landscape area is a part of the National Geopark Iron Mountains.

HistoryEdit

Status of town according to historical sources already won probably around 1330 during the reign of King John of Luxembourg (1310–1346). The first written mention is from 1289, is about the village Skuteč (in the document called Zkuts) and is mentioned in the contract about castles and towns concluded between the Czech King Wenceslaus II and the Earl Friedrich from Meissen. The charter was found in Dresden. The document was discovered by Czech historian August Sedláček and published in 1882 (the work Castles, palaces and fortresses of the Czech Kingdom).

EconomyEdit

20th century in Skuteč was significantly associated with shoemaking tradition Botana, companies producing shoes since 1963 by an internationally known brand Botas. Skuteč is known for mining granite and stone industry.

EducationEdit

The town has two elementary schools (Primary school at Komenský Square and Primary school at Smetana street) and art school of Vitězslav Novák. In Skuteč is a significant High School – Gymnasium of the Sovereign Maltese Knights order.

CultureEdit

Each year the town organizes the festival of classical music and of choir singing "Musical of Skuteč Tomášek and Novák". In the town is town museum, library and cultural center. Significant is Rubeš choir, brass band, Children's Choir Cantando.

Notable peopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Population of Municipalities – 1 January 2020". Czech Statistical Office. 30 April 2020.

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