The Salon of the Republic
|• Mayor||Alexandr Hrabálek|
|• Total||105.61 km2 (40.78 sq mi)|
|Elevation||235 m (771 ft)|
(As of 2015[update])
|• Density||880/km2 (2,300/sq mi)|
Hradec Králové (Czech pronunciation: [ˈɦradɛts ˈkraːlovɛː] (listen); German: Königgrätz) is a city of the Czech Republic, in the Hradec Králové Region of Bohemia. The city's economy is based on food-processing technology, photochemical, EMS and IT. Traditional industries include musical instrument manufacturing – the best known being PETROF pianos. The University of Hradec Králové is located in the city, the University of Defense has its only medical faculty in Hradec Králové and Charles University in Prague also has its Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Králové and Faculty of Pharmacy  there.
The original name of one of the oldest settlements in the Czech Republic was Hradec (the Castle); Králové (of the queen) was affixed when it became one of the dowry towns of Elisabeth Richeza of Poland (1286–1335), who lived there for thirty years having been the second wife of two Bohemian Kings, Wenceslaus II and then Rudolph I of Habsburg. In Latin, the Castle of the Queen was called Grecz Reginae, the original German Königingrätz was shortened to Königgrätz by 1800. It remained a dowry town until 1620.
Hradec Králové was the first town to declare for the national cause during the Hussite Wars in the first half of the 15th century. After the Battle of White Mountain (1620), a large segment of the Protestant population left the area. In 1639 the town was occupied for eight months by the Swedes. Several churches and convents were pulled down to make way for fortifications erected under Joseph II.
The Battle of Königgrätz, the decisive battle of the Austro-Prussian War, took place on 3 July 1866 near Hradec Králové. This event is commemorated in the famous "Königgrätzer Marsch". Moreover, the battle put an end to the age of fortifications, which were finally destroyed in 1884.
The city is situated in the centre of a very fertile region called the Golden Road, at the confluence of Elbe and Orlice, and contains many buildings of historical and architectural interest. The Cathedral of the Holy Spirit was founded in 1303 by Elizabeth, and the church of St. John, built in 1710, stands on the ruins of the old castle. During the 1920s and 1930s the city grew rapidly, thanks to decisions made by the heads of the city to develop a modern city, which included razing the fortress and opening the town for expansion. During this era many buildings of modern architecture were built, and Hradec Králové became known as the Salon of the Republic. This nickname was given to the city by its citizens who were enamored by the architecture of Josef Gočár and Jan Kotěra.
Hradec Králové Airport is a public domestic and private international airport located about 3 km (1.9 mi) from the city centre.
There are currently no scheduled flights operating to the airport. It is sometimes visited by private jet traffic.
"Jazz goes to town", an international jazz festival, is held in Hradec Králové every October.
The city is home to one of the Czech Republic's leading orchestras, the Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra.
The women's basketball team, Hradecké Lvice, plays in the national women basketball league.
- Josef Čapek, painter, writer, poet
- Avigdor Dagan, Israeli diplomat
- Josef Gočár, architect
- Jiří Horák, 1st Chairman of Czech Social Democratic Party
- Viktor Mucha, dermatologist
- Jiří Petr, agroscientist, Rector Emeritus, Czech University of Agriculture Prague
- František Plesnivý, architect
- Baron Carl von Rokitansky (Karel Rokytanský), physiologist, pathologist
- Jan Šindel, mathematician
- Otakar Vávra, film director
- Dušan Salfický, hockey player
- Vít Jedlička, president of Liberland
- Václav Snítil, violinist
- Václav Kliment Klicpera, founder of Klicpera theatre, dramatist
- Bohuslav Balbín, pedagogue, geographer, historian, writer
- Kateřina Siniaková, professional tennis player
- Sonja Vectomov, musical artist
- Antonín Petrof, piano maker
Twin towns – Sister cities
Hradec Králové is twinned with:
There are two cooperating towns:
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