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Prazska brana Kourim.jpg
The Prague Gate
Coat of arms
Country Czech Republic
Region Central Bohemian
District Kolín
Commune Kolín
Municipality Kouřim
Elevation 268 m (879 ft)
Coordinates 50°00′10″N 14°58′28″E / 50.00278°N 14.97444°E / 50.00278; 14.97444Coordinates: 50°00′10″N 14°58′28″E / 50.00278°N 14.97444°E / 50.00278; 14.97444
Area 1.44 km2 (0.56 sq mi)
Population 1,869 (2015)
Density 1,298/km2 (3,362/sq mi)
Founded 7th century
Mayor Zuzana Čiháková
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 281 61
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Wikimedia Commons: Kouřim
Statistics: statnisprava.cz
Website: www.kourim-radnice.cz

Kouřim (Czech pronunciation: [ˈkou̯r̝ɪm]) is a small town in the Central Bohemian Region, Czech Republic. It is located 45 km east of Prague and has a population of 1,769 (2005).

From the 13th to the 16th century, Kourim was one of the most important towns in Bohemia, but later it experienced a decline and a long stagnation. As a result, Kouřim has retained its antique look, for which it is now sought out by tourists and film-makers alike.


  • remains of a Slavic fortified settlement from the 9th-10th century on a hill east of town, today called Stará Kouřim (Old Kouřim)
  • church of St Stephen from the 13th century, a prominent example of early Gothic architecture
  • town walls from the 13th-16th century (1,250 m in circumference) with the Gothic Prague Gate
  • skansen (Museum of folk architecture)

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