A northeast view of Dalve across the Vltava River.
|Region||Central Bohemian Region|
|• Mayor||Jiří Prokůpek|
|• Total||7.41 km2 (2.86 sq mi)|
|Elevation||325 m (1,066 ft)|
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 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.
Davle is known for its pottery, metalwork and leather goods such as saddlery and footwear.
Places of interest
- 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.
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.
Davelský Bridge, which was used in the film The Bridge at Remagen.
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- Official website (in Czech) (in English)