Milovice (Nymburk District)

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Milovice
Town
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Flag of Milovice
Flag
Coat of arms of Milovice
Coat of arms
Milovice is located in Czech Republic
Milovice
Milovice
Location in the Czech Republic
Coordinates: 50°13′44″N 14°53′26″E / 50.22889°N 14.89056°E / 50.22889; 14.89056Coordinates: 50°13′44″N 14°53′26″E / 50.22889°N 14.89056°E / 50.22889; 14.89056
CountryCzech Republic
RegionCentral Bohemian
DistrictNymburk
Government
 • MayorMilan Pour (ANO)
Area
 • Total31.19 km2 (12.04 sq mi)
Elevation
221 m (725 ft)
Population
(2014-01-01)
 • Total10,338
 • Density330/km2 (860/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
289 23 - 289 24
Websitewww.mesto-milovice.cz

Milovice (Czech pronunciation: [ˈmɪlovɪtsɛ]; German: Milowitz) is a town in the Czech Republic in the Nymburk District located about 38 kilometres (24 mi) northeast of Prague. Towards the end of 2013 the total population reached 10,000 people.

The village was first mentioned in 1396. Nowadays, the town Milovice belongs to the fastest growing suburban areas in the Czech Republic mainly thanks to cheap accommodation left by the Soviet Army.[1]

In January 2015, a group of 14 Exmoor ponies were moved from Exmoor National Park to Milovice Nature Reserve in an effort to save the biodiversity of the location through conservation grazing.[2]

Military base[edit]

The first military base was founded by the Austro-Hungarian Army in 1904. During World War I, there was a prisoner camp of Russian and Italian soldiers, which has a military cemetery in town. After the War, the newly founded Czechoslovak Army started to use the camp as a main military base in Bohemia. During the German occupation of Czechoslovakia, the base served as a centre for German film propaganda, where fake footage from the Eastern Front was shot. In 1968 the base came under Soviet control, played an important role during the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia, and became the headquarters for the CGF (Central Group of Forces) afterwards.[3] They built a massive airport and accommodation for about 100,000 Soviet soldiers and their relatives. The last of the troops left in 1991 and the base was abandoned in 1995.

References[edit]

  1. ^ ČTK.cz (2014-03-18). "New science park in Milovice". ČTK. Retrieved 2014-12-18.
  2. ^ http://www.cbsnews.com/news/czechs-import-wild-horses-to-save-biodiversity/
  3. ^ Roberts, James. "Close Air Support and the Soviet Threat". Heritage.org. Archived from the original on 2009-10-14. Retrieved 2012-04-06.

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