Another unique original of a historical document will be shown to the public at the exhibition Ostrava’s Unseen Story in the Ostrava City Museum from Wednesday April 19 to Sunday April 23, namely the privilege of Charles IV. from 1362 where this important monarch allowed our city the right to organize the fair.
The exhibition Ostrava’s Unseen Story offers to the public not only facsimiles of some historical and for Ostrava important documents but for a limited time their originals, too. The second one after the testament of Bishop Bruno with the first written mention of Ostrava will be the privilege of Charles IV. allowing the city the right to organize the fair. It is at the same time the oldest document in the collections of the Archives of the City of Ostrava. The document was written in Opava on 17. 5. 1362 and the visitors can see it till the end of this week.
This privilege documents the importance of Ostrava in the high Middle Ages as an important centre for episcopal villages in the surroundings. The centre was a quadrangular square existing on the same place even today (Masaryk Square). The fair took place right there since 1362 and became an impulse for the development of economy and trades on the territory of the city and in its surroundings.