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Prostějov
Location in the Czech Republic
Coordinates: 49°28′20″N17°6′38″E / 49.47222°N 17.11056°E / 49.47222; 17.11056 Coordinates: 49°28′20″N17°6′38″E / 49.47222°N 17.11056°E / 49.47222; 17.11056
CountryFlag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic
Region Olomouc
District Prostějov
First mentioned1141
Government
  MayorFrantišek Jura (ANO 2011)
Area
  Total46.58 km2 (17.98 sq mi)
Elevation
223 m (732 ft)
Population
 (2020-01-01 [1] )
  Total43,651
  Density940/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
796 01
Website www.prostejov.eu

Prostějov (Czech pronunciation: [ˈproscɛjof] ; German : Proßnitz, Yiddish : פראסטיץProstitz) is a city in the Olomouc Region of the Czech Republic. It has about 44,000 inhabitants. Today the city is known for its fashion industry and AČR special forces unit 601. skss based there. The centre of the town is historically significant and is protected by law as urban monument zone.

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History

In the Austrian Empire and Austria-Hungary, Prostějov was part of the Margraviate of Moravia. In 1918, it became part of independent Czechoslovakia. The period of German occupation lasted from March 1939 until May 1945. During this time, Prostějov was administered as a part of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia.

Administration

Prostějov consists from seven administrative parts: Čechovice, Čechůvky, Domamyslice, Krasice, Prostějov, Vrahovice and Žešov.

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Sport

Notable people

Twin towns – sister cities

Prostějov is twinned with: [3]

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Judah Leib (Leibele) (Löbele) Prossnitz was a kabbalist born about the end of the seventeenth century at Uherský Brod, Moravia. He left his native city and went to Prostějov, Moravia, where he married, earning a livelihood by peddling in the neighboring villages. On account of his poverty he occupied a deserted hovel, which was reputed to be haunted.

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References

  1. "Population of Municipalities – 1 January 2020". Czech Statistical Office. 2020-04-30.
  2. "Hvězdy TK AGROFERT Prostějov" (in Czech). TK Agrofert Prostějov. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  3. "Partnerská města" (in Czech). Statutární město Prostějov. Retrieved 2020-06-22.