Litovel

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Coordinates: 49°42′05″N 17°04′32″E / 49.70139°N 17.07556°E / 49.70139; 17.07556
Litovel
Town
Litovel - Square of Přemysl Otakar II.jpg
Flag
Coat of arms
Nickname: Venice of Hanakia
Country Czech Republic
Region Olomouc
District Olomouc
Commune Litovel
Elevation 233 m (764 ft)
Coordinates 49°42′05″N 17°04′32″E / 49.70139°N 17.07556°E / 49.70139; 17.07556
Area 46.39 km2 (17.91 sq mi)
Population 10,094
Density 218 / km2 (565 / sq mi)
First mentioned 1270
Mayor Zdeněk Potužák
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 78401
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Wikimedia Commons: Litovel
Website: www.mestolitovel.cz/

Litovel (Czech pronunciation: [ˈlɪtovɛl]; German: Littau) is a town in the Olomouc Region of the Czech Republic. It has around 10,000 inhabitants. Litovel lies in Upper-Morava Vale (Czech: Hornomoravský úval), 233 metres above the sea level. Thanks to its rich history Litovel has many historical monuments.

Demographics[edit]

Year 1971 1980 1990 2000 2004 2012
Population (December 31 ) 5,884 12,611 11,644 9,926 10,068 9,835

Source: Czech Statistical Office

Monuments[edit]

Town Hall[edit]

The Town Hall lies on Přemysl Otakar Square. The City bought the building in 1557 and the town council moved in. It was reconstructed in 1572 and the Town Hall tower, 72 metres tall, was built over Nečíz, one of the many branches of river Morava that runs underneath the square.

Plague column[edit]

A plague column stands near the Town Hall. It was constructed by Václav Render in 1724 in memory of the plague epidemic in 1714. The pillar is decorated with seven statues of plaque patrons and The Holy Virgin on the top.

Bridge of Saint John[edit]

The Bridge of Saint John (Czech: Svatojánský most) is a stone bridge over the river Morava. It was constructed in 1592, and it is the third oldest bridge in the Czech Republic (and the oldest stone bridge in Moravia).

Industry[edit]

There is a brewery in Litovel.

Pro-Ject brand turntables and audio equipment are manufactured in Litovel.

Former transmitter[edit]

West of Litovel at 49°42'38" N and 17°3'23" E there was a transmitting facility with three guyed masts each 220 metres tall, which were arranged in a row [http:// www.mrakodrapy.xf.cz/stozary.htm]. The facility might have used for jamming programmes of Radio Free Europe on 720 kHz. The masts of the station were demolished, but the buildings are still in place.

Administrative parts[edit]

Villages Březové, Chudobín, Myslechovice, Nasobůrky, Nová Ves, Rozvadovice, Savín, Tři Dvory, Unčovice and Víska are administrative parts of Litovel.

People[edit]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Litovel is twinned with:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wieliczka Miasta partnerskie" [Polish]. Urząd Miasta i Gminy Wieliczka. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 

External links[edit]

Information Video:Town Litovel