Soběslav (Czech pronunciation: [ˈsobjɛslaf] (listen); German: Sobieslau) is a town in the Czech Republic situated on the river Lužnice, 7 km northern from Veselí nad Lužnicí and 18 km southern from Tábor. Its population is approximately 7,000. There is a small civil airport at the south-western part of the town border.
Saint Vitus Church
|• Mayor||Jindřich Bláha|
|• Total||20.00 km2 (7.72 sq mi)|
|Elevation||405 m (1,329 ft)|
|• Density||350/km2 (900/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
The town was mentioned for a first time at the year 1293 when the castle and surrounding areas belonged to the house of Rožmberk. Towns rights were obtained at the year 1390. Four years later was Czech king Václav IV imprisoned in a local castle. The town was burned twice during a Hussite's wars. At the end of 19th century the town was connected by a railroad with Prague and Budweis cities. Historical part of the town is set as a town's protected zone even seriously touched by a newly built northern part of the town's main square (except historical Smrčka's house).
Nature and historical sightseeingsEdit
There is Saint's Vít Gothic church, castle of Soběslav with well-preserved tower Hláska and a church of Saints Petr and Pavel. There are two museums in the town: Smrčka's house (ethnical museum) and Petr Vok house (natural history museum).
There is a natural reservation called Nový rybník in the Soběslav. And you can find a beautiful pavillon or a place called „Mushroom“ (big concrete mushroom) which is a favorite rest place. Nearby the town border there is a forest called Svákov with a small church of saint Anna, old Slavonian fortress rampart and pavillon. There is an old trading road which leads through Soběslav.
List of local sightseeingsEdit
- Soběslav Castle
- Church of Saint Vitus
- Church of Saints Peter and Paul
- Marshland of Soběslav
- František Josef Studnička (1836–1903), mathematician, pedagogue, Czech science life organizer and astronomer
- Emilie Fryšová (1840–1920), pedagogue, publisher and ethnographic
- Karel Lustig (1856–1924), pedagogue, school director and founder of Soběslav's museum, writer
- Edmund Chvalovský (1869–1934), actor, dramatist, producer in the National Theatre
- Otakar Ostrčil (1879–1935), pedagogue, composer, conductor in the National Theatre
- Rudolf Veselý (1884–1966), botanist, mycologist, co-founder of Czech mycologist company, publicist
- Jaromír Hořejš (1903–1961), pedagogue, writer and poet
- Karel Bodlák (1903–1989), pedagogue, poet, philosopher and literal critic
- Donát Šajner (1914–1990), writer and poet, important person in Czech cultural politics
- Jaroslav Brodský (1920–1981), founder of the K 231 organization, publicist
- František Kotlaba (born 1927), botanist, mycologist, science assistant of the National Museum and Botanical institute ČSAV, publicist
- Jiří Laburda (born 1931), composer and university pedagogue
Twin towns — sister citiesEdit
- Sabinov, Slovakia
- "Population of municipalities of the Czech republic". Czech Statistical Office. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
- "Město Soběslav" (in Czech). Město Soběslav. Retrieved 2019-08-27.
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