Ostrava celebrates 750 years
In 1267 (on 29 November), the settlement Ostrava is mentioned in the testament
of the Bishop of Olomouc Bruno (1205?–1281).
The settlement of the site of the city of Ostrava is very old, as evidenced by the world-famous find of the 23 thousand years old Venus of Petřkovice and numerous other archaeological finds. Nevertheless, as the date of founding Ostrava is symbolically regarded 29 November 1267. Exactly on this day Bruno from Schauenburk, the Bishop of Olomouc, published his testament where the first mention of the town of Ostrava can be found. It is a written confirmation of the existence of the town and therefore its symbolical foundation. The City of Ostrava together with other subjects, especially the Ostrava City Museum and the Archives of the City of Ostrava, prepared a special project to celebrate this extraordinary jubilee.
The project celebrating the important occasion of the 750th anniversary of the first mention of the city, concretely of today’s Moravian Ostrava should commemorate the rich history of Ostrava and its surroundings in a dignified and attractive manner. The project consists of big and smaller exhibitions, publications and lectures, concerts, competitions for small and elderly or one-time events. The celebrations of three quarters of a millennium of the city will last the whole year and many other cultural and social institutions, schools and organizations will participate in it. For other interested persons or parties, the City of Ostrava prepared a grant scheme and within its framework, they can become involved in the programme of celebrations.
Ostrava - historical city, modern metropolis
Did you know that Ostrava has the highest town hall?
Ostrava is a distinctive and exceptional city where we can find industry and industrial monuments, interesting natural sites, numerous cultural and sporting institutions but also plenty of imaginative and energetic people doing wonderful things. Ostrava takes pride in many superlatives, for example, there is the highest observation tower of a town hall in the country, the deepest coal mine, the largest hyperbaric chamber, a supercomputer serving the whole country, but also an amazing zoo and other unique facilities. It also has an ancient history of settlement - the Venus of Petřkovice, which was found on Landek Hill, is 23,000 years old. Its square, nowadays called Masaryk Square, was bustling with people visiting markets already in the Middle Ages, and the discovery of coal in 1763 in the Burňa Valley then completely changed the life of the city. On the occasion of the 750th anniversary of the first written mention of Ostrava, let’s recall a few interesting facts.