Hustopeče

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Hustopeče
Town
Hustopeče municipality.JPG
Municipality building
Flag
Coat of arms
Country Czech Republic
Region South Moravian
District Břeclav
Commune Hustopeče
Elevation 215 m (705 ft)
Coordinates 48°56′27.05″N 16°44′15.44″E / 48.9408472°N 16.7376222°E / 48.9408472; 16.7376222Coordinates: 48°56′27.05″N 16°44′15.44″E / 48.9408472°N 16.7376222°E / 48.9408472; 16.7376222
Area 24.53 km2 (9.47 sq mi)
Population 5,937 (2005)
Density 242 / km2 (627 / sq mi)
First mentioned 13th century
Mayor Kuchyňka Luboš
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 693 01
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Statistics: statnisprava.cz
Website: www.hustopece-city.cz

Hustopeče (Czech pronunciation: [ˈɦustopɛtʃɛ]; German: Auspitz) is a town in southern Moravia of the Czech Republic with 5,956 inhabitants. Hustopeče lies in the Břeclav District and is 25 km northwest of Břeclav.

History[edit]

Hustopeče was first mentioned in 1303. By the end of the 19th century, it was on the byline from Šakvice north to the Vienna-Bruno-Prague line.

Until 1918, AUSPITZ - HUSTOPEČE[1] (AUSPITZ until the mid-19th century) was part of the Austrian monarchy (Austria side after the compromise of 1867), in the district with the same name, one of the 34 Bezirkshauptmannschaften in Moravia.[2]

Until the end of the Second World War, most of its inhabitants were ethnic Germans.

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.

The town skyline was dominated by the Gothic St. Wenceslaus Church. Its 74 m high steeple collapsed in 1961, which damaged the church's structure greatly, and in 1962 the Czechoslovak government ordered it to be torn down. A new futuristic church was built on the site of the old one between 1990 and 1994, and was designed by L. Kolka. The new St. Wenceslaus' church has a 47 m high steeple (52 m including its cross).

People from Hustopeče[edit]

Personalities[edit]

  • Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk lived in Auspitz/Hustopeče between 1861 and 1868. His parents' graves are located in the town cemetery.

Events[edit]

Each year in late January, Hustopece is host to the world's best high jumpers competing in the Moravia High Jump Tour. The narrow basketball gymnasium in Hustopece routinely produces world-leading jumps by both men and women.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Klein types HUSTOPEC but this is probably an error.
  2. ^ Die postalischen Abstempelungen auf den österreichischen Postwertzeichen-Ausgaben 1867, 1883 und 1890, Wilhelm KLEIN, 1967

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