Uherské Hradiště

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Coordinates: 49°3′57″N 17°27′30″E / 49.06583°N 17.45833°E / 49.06583; 17.45833
Uherské Hradiště
Town
Kostel sv. Františka Xaverského.JPG
Church of St Francis Xavier
Flag
Coat of arms
Country Czech Republic
Region Zlín
District Uherské Hradiště
Commune Uherské Hradiště
River Morava
Elevation 179 m (587 ft)
Coordinates 49°3′57″N 17°27′30″E / 49.06583°N 17.45833°E / 49.06583; 17.45833
Area 21.26 km2 (8.21 sq mi)
Population 25,454 (2011)
Density 1,197 / km2 (3,100 / sq mi)
Founded 1257
Mayor Květoslav Tichavský
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 686 01 - 686 06
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Wikimedia Commons: Uherské Hradiště
Statistics: statnisprava.cz
Website: www.mesto-uh.cz

Uherské Hradiště (Czech pronunciation: [ˈuɦɛrskɛː ˈɦraɟɪʃcɛ]; German: Ungarisch Hradisch, Hungarian: Magyarhradis) is a town in the Zlín Region of the Czech Republic, located 23 km (14 mi) southwest of Zlín on the Morava River. It is the capital of the Uherské Hradiště District. The town itself has a population of 25,454 (2011 census).[1] The agglomeration with the two neighbouring towns of Staré Město and Kunovice has over 38,000 people.

The town was founded in 1257 by the Czech king Otakar II. The town is the center of Moravian Slovakia (Slovácko), a region known for its characteristic folklore, music, costumes, traditions and production of wine. The historical city center is historically preserved.

Etymology[edit]

The name of the town is dated from 1587. It can be translated freely as "Hungarian Gord" - meaning "a fortified settlement nearby the Hungarian border".[2]

Geography[edit]

Uherské Hradiště is located in the southeast of the Czech republic close to the border with Slovakia in the historical land of Moravia. The region is attractive owing to its landscape and rare species. The Morava river with its alluvial forest as well as flora and fauna are particularly popular and the Chřiby and White Carpathians mountain ranges are also in close proximity to the city. There are several castles and palaces, the Great Moravian town Staré Město, and the pilgrimage spot Velehrad. Uherské Hradiště is also known for its film festival named Summer Film School (Letní filmová škola).

Education[edit]

The Uherské Hradiště Gymnasium, founded 16 September 1884, is the oldest grammar school in the region of Moravian Slovakia.[3]

Transport[edit]

The Uherské Hradiště agglomeration is served by 7 local bus lines (numbered 805001-805007) operated by ČSAD Uherské Hradiště, as well as many more long-distance routes. The railway station is situated on a branch line connecting the international mainline (Přerov - Břeclav) at Staré Město to the so-called "Vlárská dráha" linking Brno to Trenčianska Teplá in Slovakia, which has a station in Kunovice. Uherské Hradiště station won the Stavba roku (building of the year) award after its reconstruction in 2004, and in 2011 was chosen as the "most beautiful Czech railway station".[4] The town is not served by a highway or expressway, but is crossed from west to east by road I/50, which forms part of European route E50. Kunovice Airport is situated 6 km (4 mi) south of the town, but handles almost no civil traffic.

Sport[edit]

The town is home to a first football league club, 1. FC Slovácko, who play in the Synot Liga at the Městský fotbalový stadion Miroslava Valenty. The town also has an ice rink with a capacity of 1,500 visitors, which is home to HC Uherské Hradiště playing the 2nd Czech hockey league.

People associated with the town[edit]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Uherské Hradiště is twinned with:

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