|Coordinates: 49°11′58″N 14°13′2″E / 49.19944°N 14.21722°E|
|• Mayor||Jaromír Hlaváč|
|• Total||61.45 km2 (23.73 sq mi)|
|Elevation||383 m (1,257 ft)|
|• Density||76/km2 (200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
Protivín (Czech pronunciation: [ˈprocɪviːn]) is a town in Písek District in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic. It has about 4,700 inhabitants.
Villages of Chvaletice, Krč, Maletice, Milenovice, Myšenec, Protivín, Selibov, Těšínov and Záboří are administrative parts of Protivín.
Protivín is located about 12 kilometres (7 mi) south of Písek and 30 km (19 mi) northwest of České Budějovice. Most of the municipal territory lies in the České Budějovice Basin, but the eastern part extends into the Tábor Uplands and includes the highest point of Protivín, a nameless hill with an altitude of 555 metres (1,821 ft). The Blanice River flows through the town. There are several ponds in the territory.
The first written mention of Protivín is from 1282. It was founded around 1260 as a village and fortress by a ford across the river Blanice.
In the late 19th century Protivín developed, the prosperity however ended with the closure of the sugar factory and a wave of emigration, especially to Iowa in the United States, where the settlement named Protivin was founded by immigrants in 1872. However, the population continued to grow, and in 1899, Protivín was promoted to a town.
The town is known for the Protivín Brewery, which produces a regional beer label Platan. It was founded in 1598.
There are three churches in the municipal territory. Church of Saint Elizabeth on the town square was built in 1662 in the early Baroque style. Church of Saint Gall in Myšenec is from the end of the 11th century and after several reconstructions it still retains its Gothic character. Church of Saint Wenceslaus in Krč was built in 1352.
A Renaissance castle is located on the town square. It also includes a park with an area of 7.6 hectares (19 acres).
The Crocodile Zoo Protivín was established in 2008 and is unique by breeding of all of Crocodilia species.
There are several homesteads built in the folk baroque style.
- Marta Krásová (1901–1970), operatic singer
- Jiří Kolář (1914–2002), poet, writer, painter and translator
Platanus alley by the brewery
- Protivin, Iowa (named after Protivín)
- ^ "Population of Municipalities – 1 January 2022". Czech Statistical Office. 2022-04-29.
- ^ a b c d e "Historie města" (in Czech). Město Protivín. Retrieved 2022-08-30.
- ^ "Historický lexikon obcí České republiky 1869–2011 – Okres Písek" (in Czech). Czech Statistical Office. 2015-12-21. pp. 13–14.
- ^ "Population Census 2021: Population by sex". Public Database. Czech Statistical Office. 2021-03-27.
- ^ "O ZOO" (in Czech). Krokodýlí ZOO Protivín. Retrieved 2020-08-22.