Rájec-Jestřebí

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Rájec-Jestřebí
Town
Pohled na Rájec-Jestřebí z cesty mezi Karolínem a Ráječkem, okres Blansko.jpg
Rájec-Jestřebí
Flag
Coat of arms
Country Czech Republic
Region South Moravian
District Blansko
Commune Blansko
Elevation 295 m (968 ft)
Coordinates 49°24′N 16°38′E / 49.400°N 16.633°E / 49.400; 16.633Coordinates: 49°24′N 16°38′E / 49.400°N 16.633°E / 49.400; 16.633
Area 15.66 km2 (6.05 sq mi)
Population 3,645 (2012)
Density 233/km2 (603/sq mi)
First mentioned 1131
Mayor Pavel Perout
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 679 02
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Wikimedia Commons: Rájec-Jestřebí
Statistics: statnisprava.cz
Website: www.rajecjestrebi.cz

Rájec-Jestřebí (German: Raitz-Jestreb) is a town in Blansko District in the South Moravian Region of the Czech Republic.

Geography[edit]

The town is situated in the historic Moravia region, north of the Moravian Karst, at the transition zone between the Bohemian-Moravian and Brno Highlands on the Svitava river. It is located about 7 km (4.3 mi) north of Blansko, on the railway line from Boskovice to Brno. The municipal area comprises the communities of Holešín, Jestřebí, Karolín, and Rájec.

History[edit]

Rájec Castle

Rájec was first documented in an 1131 deed, issued by the Olomouc bishop Jindřich Zdík. Two 13th century strongholds existed at the site which probably were demolished in the struggles between Margrave Jobst of Moravia and his younger brother Prokop and again during the Hussite Wars in 1431. Rájec Castle has later been rebuilt several times and from 1464 served as a residence of the local Lords of Drnovice. The settlement of Jestřebí was first mentioned in 1371, then part of the Bořitov lordship.

In 1570 the castle was rebuilt in a Renaissance style. The estates changed hands several times and in 1661 were awarded to the Austrian noble House of Roggendorf by Emperor Leopold I. The Lords of Roggendorf were elevated to Imperial counts (Reichsgrafen) in 1667, they founded the neighbouring villages of Krasová (Rogendorf) in 1717 and Vysočany (Mollenburg) in 1724. In 1746 Rájec Castle was again destroyed by fire, and the premises were sold to the Counts of Salm-Reifferscheid in 1763, who had the Baroque chateau erected.

The present-day municipality was established in 1850. After World War II, the Salm-Reifferscheid-Raitz family was disseized and expelled.

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