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Coat of arms
Country Czech Republic
Region Vysočina
District Pelhřimov
Commune Humpolec
Elevation 527 m (1,729 ft)
Coordinates 49°32′30″N 15°21′26″E / 49.54167°N 15.35722°E / 49.54167; 15.35722Coordinates: 49°32′30″N 15°21′26″E / 49.54167°N 15.35722°E / 49.54167; 15.35722
Area 51.49 km2 (19.88 sq mi)
Population 10,932 (2014-01-01)
Density 212/km2 (549/sq mi)
Founded 13th century
Mayor Jiří Kučera
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 394 51 - 396 01
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Wikimedia Commons: Humpolec

Humpolec (Czech pronunciation: [ˈɦumpolɛts]; German: Humpoletz[1]) is a town in the Vysočina Region of the Czech Republic. It is situated south-east of the Czech capital Prague, roughly halfway between Prague and Brno, on the northwestern edge of the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands (Českomoravská vrchovina).

Humpolec was first mentioned in 1178. A silver mining town in the 13th-15th century, Humpolec became known for cloth production from the 17th century, which reached its peak in the 19th century.[2][1]

Humpolec is the birthplace of Aleš Hrdlička, well-known American anthropologist, Jan Zábrana, one of the greatest Bohemian writers and translators of 20th century, Josef Stránský, conductor of the New York Philharmonic, Ivan Martin Jirous, poet, underground writer and member of anticommunist opposition, Jaroslav Augusta, a noted painter, and Joseph Drapell, an abstract painter who lives in Toronto.

Twin towns[edit]

Humpolec is twinned with:


  1. ^ a b Humpoletz, article in: Meyers Konversations-Lexikon, 4. Aufl. 1888–1890
  2. ^ History of Humpolec

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