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A general view of the village
A general view of the village
Flag of Janovice
Coat of arms of Janovice
Coat of arms
Janovice is located in Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Coordinates: 49°37′6″N 18°24′42″E / 49.61833°N 18.41167°E / 49.61833; 18.41167Coordinates: 49°37′6″N 18°24′42″E / 49.61833°N 18.41167°E / 49.61833; 18.41167
Country Czech Republic
Region Moravian-Silesian
District Frýdek-Místek
First mentioned 1450
 • Mayor Alois Poloch
 • Total 13.14 km2 (5.07 sq mi)
Elevation 364 m (1,194 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,818
 • Density 140/km2 (360/sq mi)
Postal code 739 11
Website www.obecjanovice.cz

Janovice (Polish: Janowice) is a village situated in the foothills of the Moravian-Silesian Beskids mountain range, 6 km south-east from the town Frýdek-Místek and 5 km north-east from Frýdlant nad Ostravicí, Czech Republic.

Thanks to the geographical location of the village among the nearby industrial region of Ostrava and the traditional agricultural area of the Beskids, Janovice can be called "the gate to the Beskids". The village lies in the historical region of Těšín Silesia.


It is not certain when the village had been established. It could have been first mentioned in a Latin document of Diocese of Wrocław called Liber fundationis episcopatus Vratislaviensis from around 1305 as item in Jannutha,[1][2][3] however it is more likely that Jannutha was in fact Jamnicze, the town predating a nearby Frýdek. Surely it was later mentioned in 1450 as Janowicze.[4]

Politically the village belonged initially to the Duchy of Teschen, formed in 1290 in the process of feudal fragmentation of Poland and was ruled by a local branch of Piast dynasty. In 1327 the duchy became a fee of Kingdom of Bohemia, which after 1526 became part of the Habsburg Monarchy. In 1573 it was sold as one of 16 villages and the town of Friedeck and formed a state country split from the Duchy of Teschen.[5]

After World War I and fall of Austria-Hungary it became a part of Czechoslovakia. In March 1939 it became a part of Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. After World War II it was restored to Czechoslovakia.


  1. ^ Panic, Idzi (2010). Śląsk Cieszyński w średniowieczu (do 1528) [Cieszyn Silesia in Middle Ages (until 1528)] (in Polish). Cieszyn: Starostwo Powiatowe w Cieszynie. pp. 297–299. ISBN 978-83-926929-3-5. 
  2. ^ Schulte, Wilhelm (1889). Codex Diplomaticus Silesiae T.14 Liber Fundationis Episcopatus Vratislaviensis (in German). Breslau. 
  3. ^ "Liber fundationis episcopatus Vratislaviensis" (in Latin). Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Mrózek, Robert (1984). Nazwy miejscowe dawnego Śląska Cieszyńskiego [Local names of former Cieszyn Silesia] (in Polish). Katowice: Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach. p. 80. ISSN 0208-6336. 
  5. ^ Panic, Idzi (2011). Śląsk Cieszyński w początkach czasów nowożytnych (1528-1653) [Cieszyn Silesia in the beginnings of Modern Era (1528-1653)] (in Polish). Cieszyn: Starostwo Powiatowe w Cieszynie. p. 224. ISBN 978-83-926929-5-9. 

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