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.

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65 years of trolleybuses in Ostrava – Open Day
the trolleybus depot, Sokolská Street
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Historic Bustle
city centre and the Silesian Ostrava Castle
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Ostrava’s important musicians
Ostrava City Library at Miloš Sýkora Bridge
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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.

Facts

Dolní Vítkovice Area

Dolní Vítkovice Area

The Dolní Vítkovice Area, a unique cultural monument where between the years 1828 and 1998 coal was mined and pig iron was produced, forms an inseparable part of Ostrava. Show more …

Ostrava flourished thanks to coal and iron

Ostrava flourished thanks to coal and iron

The discovery of coal in 1763 in Burňa Valley in Polish Ostrava brought Ostrava a universal recovery. Owner of the land, count František Josef Wilczek, began with regular mining in 1787. Show more …

Beautiful apprenticeship certificates

Beautiful apprenticeship certificates

Local artisans, mostly honourable citizens and proprietors of the houses on the square, significantly contributed to the prosperity of Ostrava. Show more …

The most modern stadium in the Czech Republic

The most modern stadium in the Czech Republic

Some of the city districts also have a long history

Some of the city districts also have a long history

The base of the city and up to this day also its natural centre is formed by Moravian Ostrava. The first mention of this locality comes from the testament of the Bishop of Olomouc from 29 November 1267. In January 1279, it was mentioned as a town where the Bishop of Olomouc was currently residing.

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Ostrava favours students

Ostrava favours students

There are three universities in Ostrava: VŠB – Technical University of Ostrava, University of Ostrava and College of Entrepreneurship and Law; together they have nearly 28,000 students.
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