Prachatice

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Coordinates: 49°1′N 14°0′E / 49.017°N 14.000°E / 49.017; 14.000
Prachatice
Town
Town hall in Prachatice in 2011 (3).JPG
Flag
Coat of arms
Country Czech Republic
Region South Bohemian
District Prachatice
Commune Prachatice
River Živný potok
Elevation 561 m (1,841 ft)
Coordinates 49°1′N 14°0′E / 49.017°N 14.000°E / 49.017; 14.000
Area 38.90 km2 (15.02 sq mi)
Population 11,789 (2005)
Density 303 / km2 (785 / sq mi)
Founded 11th century
Mayor Martin Malý
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 383 01
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Statistics: statnisprava.cz
Website: www.prachatice.cz

Prachatice (Czech pronunciation: [ˈpraxacɪtsɛ]; German: Prachatitz) is a town in the South Bohemian Region, Czech Republic.

History[edit]

The town of Prachatice has its origins in the 11th century, following the beginning of trade on the Golden Path (an important salt trade route beginning in Passau, Bavaria). The property on which the town now stands was initially part of the domain of Vyšehrad and first came to prominence when the domain's provost purchased the right to impose a toll on traffic on the Golden Path. The settlement later grew in importance when, in the 13th century, it was granted the right to store the salt that was traded on the Golden Path. This privilege made Prachatice the only town in Southern Bohemia that could buy the salt that was sent out of Passau.

During the Hussite Wars of the 15th century, Prachatice was attacked twice and eventually conquered by the Hussites who massacred most of the population of the town. After the end of the brutal conflict, in 1436, Prachatice was granted the status of royal town. Only one year later the town was offered as collateral to Jan Smil of Krems by King Zikmund (Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor), but fell under the control of the House of Rožmberk for a short period following Smil's execution in 1439 at Böhmisch Krummau (Český Krumlov). Oldřich of Rožmberk sold the town of Prachatice almost immediately after the execution but it again became property of the family in 1501.

The Rožmberks controlled Prachatice through its most prosperous period until 1601 when Petr Vok, the last member of the family, sold the town to Emperor Rudolf II who would again make it a royal town. It remained firmly under Imperial control until the Rebellion of the Bohemian Estates during which it sided with the rebels. However, in 1620 the town was reconquered by the Imperial commander Karel Buquoy (Charles Bonaventure de Longueval, Count of Bucquoy) who ordered many of its citizens to be slaughtered and a large ransom to be paid to the emperor.

After the Battle of White Mountain the town lost its status and privileges and became the property of the Eggenberg family, though the emperor's troops remained in the city throughout the remainder of the Thirty Years' War. Later on in the war the city was conquered by the Swedish army and another large ransom was demanded.

Engraving of the 17th century

The town changed hands again in 1719, following the death of Princess Marie Arnoštka of Eggenberg, this time coming under the control of the affluent Schwarzenberg family.

Until 1918 Prachatitz (bilingual name after 1890) was part of the Austrian monarchy (Austrian side after the compromise of 1867), in the district of the same name, one of the 94 Bezirkshauptmannschaften in Bohemia.[1]

Historical population

1869: 4,911 inhabitants
1900: 5,573
1930: 5,926
1950: 5,130
1961: 5,381
1970: 7,100
1980: 10,354
1991: 11,805
2001: 11,977

Prachatice today[edit]

The historical character of the city center has been protected since 1981.

The dominating industries are machine engineering, electrotechnical industry and timber processing. A new industrial zone has been built.

People[edit]

Residents[edit]

See also detailed list.

Main sights[edit]

  • Town hall (Stará radnice)
  • Church of St. James (Kostel svatého Jakuba)

International relations[edit]

Prachatice is twinned with:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Die postalischen Abstempelungen auf den österreichischen Postwertzeichen-Ausgaben 1867, 1883 und 1890, Wilhelm KLEIN, 1967
  2. ^ cs:Jiří Fried
  3. ^ cs:Leo Vaniš (1936)

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