Boskovice

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Location
49°29'15"N
016°39'36"E
Country
 Czech Republic
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Description

Boskovice (Czech pronunciation: [ˈboskovɪtsɛ]; German: Boskowitz) is a town in Blansko District in the South Moravian Region of the Czech Republic. It has about 12,000 inhabitants.

Location

The town lies in the Drahanská Highlands, about 30 to 40 kilometres (19 to 25 mi) north of Brno.

History

Boskovice was probably founded in the 11th century and received its town charter in the 14th century. It used to have one of the largest Jewish communities in Moravia. Until 1918, Boskowitz – Boskovice (Boskowiz in 1850) was part of the Austrian monarchy (Austria side after the compromise of 1867), head of the district with the same name, one of the 34 Bezirkshauptmannschaften in Moravia.In 1918, Boskovice became part of independent Czechoslovakia. The period of German occupation lasted from March 1939 until May 1945. During this time, Boskovice was administered as a part of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia.

Sights

Ruin of a 13th-century Gothic castle Saint James Church The empire château The Jewish cemetery of Boskovice which belongs to the largest ones in the Czech Republic, founded in the 17th century The Big SynagogueThe large Jewish community lived in a Jewish town from which several houses were preserved, a synagogue, a Jewish cemetery and one original gate.

Culture

Unijazz Praha – a festival held regularly every year in July Hradhouse Festival – a dance festival held regularly every year, usually in August

In popular culture

Some scenes from Frankenstein's Auntwere shot here.

Notable people

Moses Sofer (1762–1839), one of the leading Orthodox rabbis of European Jewry Hirsch Bär Fassel (1802–1883), rabbi and philosopher Hermann Wassertrilling (18??–1887), Austrian Hebraist Solomon H. Sonneschein (1839–1908), Hungarian-American rabbi Karel Absolon (1877–1960), archaeologist, paleontologist, and speleologist Otakar Kubín (1883–1969), painter and sculptor Hermann Ungar (1893–1929), Czech-Jewish writer Josef Augusta (1903–1968), paleontologist and geologist Tomáš Špidlík (1919–2010), prelate of the Catholic Church Josef Koudelka (born 1938), photographer

Twin towns – sister cities

Boskovice is twinned with: Frasnes-lez-Anvaing, Belgium Levice, Slovakia Prnjavor, Bosnia and Herzegovina Rawa Mazowiecka, Poland
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