Davle

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Davle
Town
A northeast view of Dalve across the Vltava River.
A northeast view of Dalve across the Vltava River.
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Coat of arms of Davle
Coat of arms
Davle is located in Czech Republic
Davle
Davle
Coordinates: 49°53′35″N 14°23′12″E / 49.89306°N 14.38667°E / 49.89306; 14.38667Coordinates: 49°53′35″N 14°23′12″E / 49.89306°N 14.38667°E / 49.89306; 14.38667
Country Czech Republic
Region Central Bohemian Region
Government
 • Mayor Jiří Prokůpek
Area
 • Total 7.41 km2 (2.86 sq mi)
Elevation 325 m (1,066 ft)
Population (31.12.2007)
 • Total 1,323
Time zone +2
Website http://www.obecdavle.cz/

Davle is a market town in Central Bohemian Region, Czech Republic. It is located more than 24 km (15 mi) south of Prague at the confluence of the Vltava and Sázava rivers.

History[edit]

The first historical mention of Davle is the founding of benedictine monastery of st. John the Baptist by Bohemian duke Boleslaus II in 999. When the important monastery at Sekanka was destroyed in 1278 by Brandenburg, Davle monastic building were enlarged. The site became the center of religious communities within Upper Davle area.

In 1310 Davle received a papal bull from Pope Clement V giving it rights as a market town. These privilege and coat of arms were conferred on Davle by Premysl Otakar II in the 14th century.

In the second half of the 13th century, gold was found at the confluence of mined gold creating a boom period for the area. The village was also an important stopping point for rafters using the two waterways as trade routes. However after the monastery was abandoned in 1517, Davle reverted to a village.

In 1848, Davle was incorporated into a municipality with nearby villages of Měchenice and Svatý Kilián. In the 1930s, the village's status was again revised. After the end of World War II, it was assigned to the Okres Praha-jih district. In the 1950s Svatý Kilián lost its status as a hamlet. Since 1961 Davle was an independent municipality part of Prague-Měchenice.

In 1900 a railway line connecting Davle to Prague was completed. In the summer of 1968 scenes for the film The Bridge at Remagen were filmed using the Davelský old bridge .

Local industries[edit]

Davle is known for its pottery, metalwork and leather goods such as saddlery and footwear.

Places of interest[edit]

  • Monastery of st. John the Baptist near Davle.
  • Church of St. Kilian (in the southern part Davle), this is only the consecrated example in Bohemia.
  • Neo-Baroque Chapel of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary (built in 1897).
  • Sázava Farm, which has a protected monumental oak.

Present day[edit]

On 11 March 2008, Davle was given the status of town in the Czech Republic.

The area is popular with walkers and hikers as several long-distance trails pass through the town.

Davle has a basic network of shops, medical facilities, primary school, post office, sports hall, community hall, savings bank and library.

In 2006 a new sewage and wastewater treatment plant was built near the town.

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