Stochov

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Stochov
Town
Stochov, U Stadionu.JPG
Stochov at winter
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Coat of arms
Country Czech Republic
Region Central Bohemian
District Kladno
Commune Kladno
Elevation 448 m (1,470 ft)
Coordinates 50°9′N 13°58′E / 50.150°N 13.967°E / 50.150; 13.967Coordinates: 50°9′N 13°58′E / 50.150°N 13.967°E / 50.150; 13.967
Area 9.48 km2 (3.66 sq mi)
Population 5,542
Density 585/km2 (1,515/sq mi)
First mentioned 1316
Mayor Stanislava Fišerová
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 273 03
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Wikimedia Commons: Stochov
Statistics: statnisprava.cz
Website: www.stochov.cz

Stochov (Czech pronunciation: [ˈstoxof]; German: Stochau) is a town in the Central Bohemian Region, Czech Republic. It is located 11 km west of Kladno and has a population of 5,397 (2005).

Stochov is mentioned for the first time in 1316. It used to be a small village until the second half of 20th century, when a large housing estate was built west of Stochov to accommodate the increasing number of people working in coal mines in the Kladno area in the 1950s and 1960s. Subsequently, Stochov gained town status in 1967.

According to legend, Saint Wenceslas was born in Stochov and his grandmother Saint Ludmila then planted an oak tree to commemorate this event. The aged and half withered oak tree, estimated to be about 1 000 years old and called Saint Wenceslas' Oak (Svatováclavský dub), is the main sight of the town.

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