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.
The town lies in the Drahanská Highlands, about 30 to 40 kilometres (19 to 25 mi) north of Brno.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Prnjavor, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Rawa Mazowiecka, Poland