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Saint Vitus Church
Saint Vitus Church
Flag of Soběslav
Coat of arms of Soběslav
Coat of arms
Soběslav is located in Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Coordinates: 49°15′N 14°43′E / 49.250°N 14.717°E / 49.250; 14.717Coordinates: 49°15′N 14°43′E / 49.250°N 14.717°E / 49.250; 14.717
CountryCzech Republic
RegionSouth Bohemian
First mentioned1293
 • MayorJindřich Bláha
 • Total20.00 km2 (7.72 sq mi)
405 m (1,329 ft)
 • Total7,286
 • Density360/km2 (940/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
392 17

Soběslav (Czech pronunciation: [ˈsobjɛslaf] (About this soundlisten); German: Sobieslau) is a town in the Czech Republic situated on the river Lužnice, 7 km northern from Veselí nad Lužnicí and 18 km southern from Tábor. In 2005 its recorded population was 7,286. There is a small civil airport at the south-western part of the city border.


City was mentioned for a first time at the year 1293 when the castle and surrounding areas belonged to the house of Rožmberk. City rights were obtained at the year 1390. Four years later was Czech king Václav IV imprisoned in a local castle. The city was burned twice during a Hussite's wars. At the end of 19th century the city was connected by a railroad with Prague and Budweis cities. Historical part of the city is set as a city's protected zone even seriously touched by a newly built northern part of the city's main square (except historical Smrčka's house).

Nature and historical sightseeings[edit]

In the city you can find saint's Vít Gothic church, castle of Soběslav with well-preserved tower Hláska and a church of saints Petr and Pavel. There are two museums in a city: Smrčka's house (ethnical museum) and Petr Vok house (natural history museum).

There is a natural reservation called Nový rybník in the Soběslav. And you can find a beautiful pavillon or a place called „Mushroom“ (big concrete mushroom) which is a favorite rest place. Nearby the city border there is a forest called Svákov with a small church of saint Anna, old Slavonian fortress rampart and pavillon. There is an old trading road which leads through Soběslav.

List of local sightseeings[edit]

  • Soběslav Castle
  • Church of Saint Vitus
  • Church of Saints Peter and Paul
  • Marshland of Soběslav

Famous Soběslav's natives and city citizens[edit]

  • Karel Bodlák ( 3. November 1903 - †1. February 1989 Prague); pedagogue, poet, philosopher a literal critic.
  • Jaroslav Brodský ( 22. March 1920 - †12. August 1981 in Torontu-Canada); pedagogue - school director, „prisoner of the regime“ (1950–1960), founder of the K 231 organization, emigrant, publicist.
  • Jiří Laburda[1] ( 3.4.1931); composer, university pedagogue.
  • Donát Šajner ( 24. January 1914 - †1. May 1990); writer and poet, important person in Czech cultural politics.
  • Rudolf Veselý ( 16. April 1884 - †3. November 1966); pedagogue, botanist, mycologist - co-founder of Czech mycologist company, publicists.
  • Jaromír Hořejš ( 2. April 1903 in Čeraz – †2. December 1961); pedagogue, writer and poet, dramatics an English translator.
  • František Kotlaba ( 20.května 1927 ve Vlastiboři); botanist, mycologist, science assistant of National museum and Botanical institute ČSAV, publicists.
  • František Josef Studnička ( 27. June 1836 in Janově near Soběslav – †21. February 1903); mathematician, pedagogue a Czech science life organizer, astronomer (participating at restoration of Tycho de Brahe's science tools and documents.
  • Karel Lustig ( 29. December 1856 in Kardašova Řečice - †5. April 1924); pedagogue – school director and founder of Soběslav's museum, writer, activist.
  • Emilie Fryšová ( 23. July 1840 in Prague - †17. January 1920); pedagogue - school director, ethnographic, collector of Blata's traditional cloths, colleague of K.Lustiga.
  • Edmund Chvalovský ( 26. July 1869 in Prague - †1. October 1934 in Soběslav); actor, dramatics, producer Czech national theatre, since year 1906 living in Soběslav, revived local cultural live.
  • Otakar Ostrčil ( 25. February 1879 in Prague - †20. November 1935); pedagogue, composer, conductor in National Theatre.

Parts of the city[edit]

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