Velehrad

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Velehrad
Basilica of Saints Cyril and Methodius
Basilica of Saints Cyril and Methodius
Flag of Velehrad
Coat of arms of Velehrad
Velehrad is located in Czech Republic
Velehrad
Velehrad
Location in the Czech Republic
Coordinates: 49°6′20″N 17°23′39″E / 49.10556°N 17.39417°E / 49.10556; 17.39417Coordinates: 49°6′20″N 17°23′39″E / 49.10556°N 17.39417°E / 49.10556; 17.39417
Country Czech Republic
RegionZlín
DistrictUherské Hradiště
First mentioned1131
Government
 • MayorAleš Mergental
Area
 • Total22.25 km2 (8.59 sq mi)
Elevation
219 m (719 ft)
Population
 (2020-01-01[1])
 • Total1,170
 • Density53/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
687 06
Websitewww.velehrad.cz

Velehrad is a municipality and village in Uherské Hradiště District in the Zlín Region of the Czech Republic. It has about 1,100 inhabitants.

History[edit]

The first written mention of Velehrad is from 1131.[2]

Sights[edit]

A column with the statue of the Virgin Mary

Velehrad is the most famous pilgrimage place in the Czech Republic.[3] According to one legend, in the Middle Ages (9th – beginning of the 10th century) it was the capital of the Slavic state of Great Moravia. In the 1990s it was visited twice by Pope John Paul II. Sights include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Population of Municipalities – 1 January 2020". Czech Statistical Office. 2020-04-30.
  2. ^ "Krátce o naší obci" (in Czech). Obec Velehrad. Retrieved 2020-11-25.
  3. ^ "Velehrad" (in Czech). Poutní místa ČR. Retrieved 2020-11-25.

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