Dvůr Králové nad Labem

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Coordinates: 50°25′59″N 15°48′44″E / 50.43306°N 15.81222°E / 50.43306; 15.81222
Dvůr Králové nad Labem
Town
Dvur Kralove nad Labem.jpg
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Name origin: Queen consort's court on the Elbe
Country Czech Republic
Region Hradec Králové
District Trutnov
Commune Dvůr Králové nad Labem
River Elbe
Elevation 298-482 m (-1,283 ft)
Coordinates 50°25′59″N 15°48′44″E / 50.43306°N 15.81222°E / 50.43306; 15.81222
Area 35.82 km2 (13.83 sq mi)
Population 16,282 (2010-12-10)
Density 455 / km2 (1,178 / sq mi)
First mentioned 1270
Mayor Mgr. Edita Vaňková (ČSSD)
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 544 01 - 544 04
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Wikimedia Commons: Dvůr Králové nad Labem
Statistics: statnisprava.cz
Website: www.mudk.cz

Dvůr Králové nad Labem (Czech pronunciation: [ˈdvuːr ˈkraːlovɛː ˈnad labɛm], German: Königinhof an der Elbe); is a town in the Czech Republic in Hradec Králové Region, in the Labe (Elbe) river valley. It is located in the Eastern Bohemia close to the Czech highest mountains Krkonoše.

Features[edit]

Dvůr Králové is a center of the textile and machinery industries.

Dvůr Králové Zoo with its African safari theme lies near the town. Visitors may admire well over 2000 animals of 500 species of mostly African hoofstock which makes this zoo one of the largest in Europe. As one of the most successful breeders of many endangered species it is of note that within the last 30 years more than 200 giraffes were born there.

Outside the city, visitors can view an old residence of the Jesuits in Žireč and a hospital in Kuks, both with many Baroque statues by famous sculptor Matthias Braun.

History[edit]

Bohemia[edit]

Dvůr Králové was first mentioned in 1270. It was a dowry town, owned by the King's wife and responsible for her expenses when her husband died. Until 1918, the town was part of the Austrian monarchy (Austria side after the compromise of 1867), head of the Königshof an der Elbe - Dvůr Králové nad Labem district, one of the 94 Bezirkshauptmannschaften in Bohemia.[1]

Austrian KK 2 kronen stamp cancelled in a nearby village in 1918

Manuscript affair[edit]

On September 16, 1817, Václav Hanka allegedly discovered a manuscript appearing to be from the 13th century in the tower of a local church. The Manuscript of Dvůr Kralové, probably in fact created by Hanka, was intended to help Czech patriots in the struggle against German culture. It was proven to be a forgery at the end of the 19th century by Professor Tomáš Masaryk and confirmed as such by later examinations [1]. A minority of historians still consider it genuine.

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Dvůr Králové nad Labem is twinned with:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

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