Church of the Assumption in Mikulčice
|Elevation||165 m (541 ft)|
|Area||15.30 km2 (5.91 sq mi)|
|Density||126 / km2 (326 / sq mi)|
|- summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Postal code||696 19|
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Mikulčice (Czech pronunciation: [ˈmɪkultʃɪtsɛ]) is a municipality (obec) in the Czech Republic, situated 7 km south of Hodonín, nearby the Slovak border. It extends for 1,530 ha, comprising 1,955 inhabitants in 623 homes, and houses a biospheric reserve, containing beavers and storks. The local economy is predominantly based on agriculture and tourism.
From the sixth until the tenth century, a Slavic fortified settlement existed 3 km away from the modern village. The settlement was one of the main centres of the Great Moravian Empire, plausibly its capital city. Excavations, led by Josef Poulík, unearthed the remnants of twelve churches, a palace, and more than 2,500 graves (three containing African skeletons) (including a horse burial). The only still-standing church safely dated to the Great Moravian period is found in the nearby Slovak village of Kopčany. The excavation complex is nationally recognised as the Mikulčice-Valy heritage site.
The oldest written reference to the village itself dates to 1131, when the city was referred to as Miculcici in Medieval Latin.
- Mikulčice (303 homes, 918 inhabitants)
- Těšice (320 homes, 988 inhabitants)
- Berend, Nóra (2007). Christianization and the Rise of Christian Monarchy: Scandinavia, Central Europe and Rus' C. 900-1200. Cambridge UP. pp. 216, 321. ISBN 9780521876162. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
- Official website of Mikulčice (Czech)
- Mikulčice-Valy Heritage Site (Czech)
- Census information about the municipality (Czech)
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