Duchcov

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Duchcov
Town
Castle of Dux and the town square
Castle of Dux and the town square
Flag of Duchcov
Flag
Coat of arms of Duchcov
Coat of arms
Duchcov is located in Czech Republic
Duchcov
Duchcov
Location in the Czech Republic
Coordinates: 50°36′14″N 13°44′47″E / 50.60389°N 13.74639°E / 50.60389; 13.74639Coordinates: 50°36′14″N 13°44′47″E / 50.60389°N 13.74639°E / 50.60389; 13.74639
CountryCzech Republic
RegionÚstí nad Labem
DistrictTeplice
First mentioned11th century
Government
 • MayorZbyněk Šimbera
Area
 • Total15.40 km2 (5.95 sq mi)
Elevation
201 m (659 ft)
Population
 (2019-01-01[1])
 • Total8,517
 • Density550/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
419 01
Websitewww.duchcov.cz

Duchcov (Czech pronunciation: [ˈduxtsof]; German: Dux) is a town in the Teplice District in the Ústí nad Labem Region of the Czech Republic. It has a population around 8,500 and is located at the foot of the Ore Mountains. It is also the site of the Castle of Dux.

History[edit]

The first documented reference to the town is from 1207, referring to the older name Hrabišín. A brewery was established in 1675.

Until 1918, Dux (bilingual names Dux – Duchov[2] at the end of the 19th century) was part of the Austrian monarchy (Austria side after the compromise of 1867), head of the district with the same name, one of the 94 Bezirkshauptmannschaften in Bohemia.[3]

A post-office was opened in July 1857.[4]

In 1938, it was occupied by the Nazi army as one of the municipalities in Sudetenland. The German speaking population was expelled in 1945 (further to the Beneš decrees) and replaced by Czech settlers.

Castle of Dux[edit]

The castle was built in the 13th century as a fort. In the 18th century Giacomo Casanova spent his last years in the castle. In the 19th century it was rebuilt in the classicist style. As of 2008, the Castle of Dux is open to visitors.

Notable people[edit]

  • Giacomo Casanova (1725–1798), Italian adventurer, stayed in Dux for 13 years as a librarian and died in the Dux Castle

Twin towns — sister cities[edit]

Duchcov is twinned with:[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Population of municipalities of the Czech republic". Czech Statistical Office. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
  2. ^ Not yet Duchcov, according to Klein post-office 957.
  3. ^ Die postalischen Abstempelungen auf den österreichischen Postwertzeichen-Ausgaben 1867, 1883 und 1890, Wilhelm Klein, 1967
  4. ^ Handbook of Austria and Lombardy-Venetia Cancellations on the Postage Stamp Issues 1850-1864, by Edwin Mueller, 1961.
  5. ^ "Partnerská města" (in Czech). Město Duchcov. Retrieved 2019-08-21.

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