Bílovec

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Coordinates: 49°45′34″N 18°00′44″E / 49.75944°N 18.01222°E / 49.75944; 18.01222
Bílovec
Town
Bílovec, castle.jpg
Bílovec, castle
Flag
Coat of arms
Country Czech Republic
Region Moravian-Silesian
District Nový Jičín
Commune Bílovec
Elevation 243 m (797 ft)
Coordinates 49°45′34″N 18°00′44″E / 49.75944°N 18.01222°E / 49.75944; 18.01222
Area 38.85 km2 (15 sq mi)
Population 7,558 (2012)
Density 195 / km2 (505 / sq mi)
First mentioned 1276
Mayor Sylva Kováčiková
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 742 92 - 743 01
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in the Moravian-Silesian Region
Location in the Moravian-Silesian Region
Wikimedia Commons: Bílovec
Statistics: statnisprava.cz
Website: www.bilovec.cz

Bílovec (Czech pronunciation: [ˈbiːlovɛts]; German: Wagstadt) is a town in the Moravian-Silesian Region of the Czech Republic, near Nový Jičín. It is situated on the slopes of the Nízký Jeseník mountains and on the banks of the Bílovka River.

Bílovec is the birthplace of tennis players Květa Peschke and Petra Kvitová, internationally respected architect Emil Přikryl and Sudeten German social democratic politician Hugo Schmidt (1844–1907).

History[edit]

Until 1918, WAGSTADT was part of the Austrian monarchy (Austria side after the compromise of 1867), in the district with the same name, one of the 8 Bezirkshauptmannschaften in Austrian Silesia.[1]

In 1938, it was occupied by the Nazi army as one of the municipalities in Sudetenland. The German speaking population was expelled in 1945 (see the Beneš decrees) and replaced by Czech settlers.

GMK[edit]

The Grammar school of Nicolas Copernicus (Gymnázium Mikuláše Koperníka) is located in Bílovec. It was founded on 22.6.1946 as a scion of Opavian matrix. Antonín Frantl a former high school teacher was appointed the first head master. Building had 12 classrooms, a staffroom, a small sports-hall, a library and a class specialized in natural sciences. Everything was influenced by the fact that the building itself was used as a lazaret for German soldiers.

In October 1978 the Department of Education gave school its honorable name "Gymnázium Mikuláše Koperníka".

In the year 1976 construction of a boarding house was finished and in the same year the first class with specialization in math was opened. The construction of the expansion called "pavilon B" began in 1979 and was finished in August 1983. A year later an entry hall was built. These included new central cloakrooms, social units, classrooms, staff rooms and labs. A Multi-purpose outdoor sport ground with a synthetic surface was completed in 1993. Today the Grammar school of Nicolas Copernicus has 419 students divided into 16 classes and was recognised (15.4.2011 - Hospodářské noviny) as one of the nine most prestigious schools in Czech Republic (and the only one in the Moravian-Silezian region). GMK includes pavilion A (the old building), pavilion B (the new building), a big sports hall, a library and a boarding house. The school has been recently modernized thanks to donations from the European Union.

PRINCIPALS: - since 1942 - Antonín Frantl - since 1951 - Jan Husák - since 1954 - Miroslav Rusek - since 1970 - Ota Hon - since 1983 - Bedřich Špaček - since 1991 - Petr Bujok - since 1995 - Radmila Horáková - since 1996 - Václav Vaněk - since 2010 - Pavel Mrva

Notable people born in Bílovec[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Die postalischen Abstempelungen auf den österreichischen Postwertzeichen-Ausgaben 1867, 1883 und 1890, Wilhelm KLEIN, 1967