Opatovice nad Labem

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Opatovice nad Labem
Village
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Country Czech Republic
Region Pardubice
District Pardubice
Commune Pardubice
River Elbe
Elevation 225 m (738 ft)
Coordinates 50°8′52″N 15°47′21″E / 50.14778°N 15.78917°E / 50.14778; 15.78917Coordinates: 50°8′52″N 15°47′21″E / 50.14778°N 15.78917°E / 50.14778; 15.78917
Area 12.01 km2 (4.64 sq mi)
Population 2,241 (2006-07-03)
Density 187 / km2 (484 / sq mi)
First mentioned 1073
Mayor Pavel Kohout
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 530 45 - 533 45
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Wikimedia Commons: Opatovice nad Labem
Statistics: statnisprava.cz
Website: www.opatovice-nad-labem.cz/

Opatovice nad Labem is a village in the Czech Republic, in Pardubice Region. It lies between the city of Pardubice and Hradec Králové. It has cca 2,500 inhabitants. Opatovice nad Labem is second largest village in Pardubice Region.[1]

Opatovice nad Labem was until recently known mainly for its large power station that was first activated in 1959. Now the village is especially known for commissioning one of the largest road junctions in the Czech Republic. Many tourist and cyclist trails pass through there. Near Opatovice nad Labem there are many quarries suitable for swimming and relaxation. The most used is, thanks to its clear water,the quarry called Opaťák.[2]

History[edit]

Village Opatovice nad Labem has a very rich history. Archaeological research which was conducted here in the last decades, confirmed, that mild climate and fertile surroundings of the Labe (Elbe) riverhad been exploited by our ancient ancestors. The first record about the village comes from the year 1073. The record is from the foundation list of its church which was named the Opatovice Church and was burnt down in the 15th century.[3]

Sights[edit]

  • St. Vavřinec Church is a Roman Catholic church built in the 13th century, it is protected as a cultural sight of the Czech Republic
  • in the place of the former Opatovice Church that was burnt down during the Hussite wars, there is now a landscape park
  • statue of Jan Nepomucký and St. Václav
  • memorial to victims of World War I and II in Karlín park
  • man-made Opatovice Canal that is 32,7 km long and was built in the 11. - 15. centuries [4]

Education[edit]

  • kindergarten
  • primary school (has 250 pupils)
  • local library [5]

Traditional festivals and events[edit]

  • Opatovice Ball
  • Tour de Opatovice nad Labem (ride on historical bicycles)
  • Games Without Borders (competitive sport with nearby villages)
  • Pohřebačka Fair [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Opatovice nad Labem. (2014). Retrieved November 24, 2014 from http://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opatovice_nad_Labem
  2. ^ O obci. (2014). Retrieved November 24, 2014 from http://www.opatovicenadlabem.cz/o-obci
  3. ^ O obci. (2014). Retrieved November 24, 2014 from http://www.opatovicenadlabem.cz/o-obci
  4. ^ Opatovice nad Labem. (2014). Retrieved November 24, 2014 from http://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opatovice_nad_Labem
  5. ^ Opatovice nad Labem. (2014). Retrieved November 24, 2014 from http://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opatovice_nad_Labem
  6. ^ O obci. (2014). Retrieved November 24, 2014 from http://www.opatovicenadlabem.cz/o-obci

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