Frenštát pod Radhoštěm

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Location
49°32'51"N
018°12'42"E
Country
 Czech Republic
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Description

Frenštát pod Radhoštěm (Czech pronunciation: [ˈfrɛnʃtaːt ˈpod radɦoʃcɛm]; German: Frankstadt) is a town in Nový Jičín District in the Moravian-Silesian Region of the Czech Republic. It has about 11,000 inhabitants. The centre of the town is historically significant and is protected by law as an Urban monument zone. It lies under the Moravian-Silesian Beskids Range. The town is an important holiday resort in both summer and winter.

History

The town was likely first settled between 1293 and 1316. The Thirty Years' War affected the town severely, as it was burned down in 1626, and occupied by the Swedes in 1646. The plague also affected the town. In the 17th century, the town's economy grew, possibly due to being colonized by the Wallachians. The town obtained the official title of town in 1781. In World War II, the town was occupied by the Axis, but was liberated on May 6, 1945 by the Soviet Union.On 13 February 2013, a 57-year-old man, Antonín Blažek, attempted to blow up a block of flats after having been ordered to vacate the flat in which he lived that had been foreclosed by creditors. He first blocked both exits from the building, and then removed and opened the main gas supply into the building's corridor. Interrupted, Blažek set the gas on fire before it could spread throughout the whole building. The explosion and subsequent fire, however, were large enough to demolish part of the building, killing Blažek and five other people immediately and wounding eleven others, one of whom died on 17 February 2015. The heavily-damaged block of flats had to be demolished in its entirety.

Sport

Frenštát pod Radhoštěm is home to a football team, SK Beskyd Frenštát pod Radhoštěm, which competes in the 4th tier of Czech football system.

Notable people

Albin Polasek (1879–1965), Czech-American sculptor and educator Břetislav Bartoš (1893–1926), painter Záviš Kalandra (1902–1950), historian and theorist Zdeněk Parma (1925–2006), alpine skier Ladislav Adamec (1926–2007), politician, Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia in 1988–1989 Jiří Raška (1941–2012), ski jumper, Olympic winner Zdeněk Parma (born 1963), ski jumper Iveta Bartošová (1966–2014), singer

Twin towns – sister cities

Frenštát pod Radhoštěm is twinned with: Harrachov, Czech Republic Krásno nad Kysucou, Slovakia La Grange, United States Ustroń, Poland
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