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Bílovec (Czech pronunciation: [ˈbiːlovɛts]; German: Wagstadt) is a town in the Nový Jičín District in the Moravian-Silesian Region of the Czech Republic. It has about 7,400 inhabitants. It is situated on the slopes of the Nízký Jeseník mountains and on the banks of the Bílovka River. The centre of the town is historically significant and is protected by law as Urban monument zone.


Until 1918, Wagstadt was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (the Austrian side after the compromise of 1867), in the district with the same name, one of the eight Bezirkshauptmannschaften in Austrian Silesia.In 1938, it was occupied by the Nazi Germany as one of the municipalities in the Sudetenland, the portion of Czechoslovakia turned over to Germany in wake of the Munich Agreement. After the conclusion of World War II, the German speaking population was expelled from the region in 1945 (see the Beneš decrees) and replaced by Czech settlers.


The Gymnasium of Nicolas Copernicus is located in Bílovec.

Notable people

Johann Ignaz Cimbal (1722–1795), Bohemian-Austrian painter Felix Ivo Leicher (1727–1812), Bohemian-Austrian painter Miloš Holaň (born 1971), ice hockey player and coach Květa Peschke (born 1975), tennis player Rostislav Olesz (born 1985), ice hockey player Lukáš Hejda (born 1990), footballer Petra Kvitová (born 1990), tennis player, 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon champion Adam Pavlásek (born 1994), tennis player

Twin towns – sister cities

Bílovec is twinned with: Bad Neustadt an der Saale, Germany Kietrz, Poland Lipany, Slovakia
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