Humpolec

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Location
49°32'30"N
015°21'25"E
Country
 Czech Republic
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Description

Humpolec (Czech pronunciation: [ˈɦumpolɛts]; German: Humpoletz) is a town in the Vysočina Region of the Czech Republic. It has about 11,000 inhabitants. It is situated roughly halfway between Prague and Brno, on the northwestern edge of the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands.

History

Humpolec was first mentioned in 1178. In the 13th–15th century it was s silver mining town. Humpolec became known for cloth production from the 17th century, which reached its peak in the 19th century.

Notable people

Aleš Hrdlička (1869–1943), Czech-American anthropologist Josef Stránský (1872–1936), composer and conductor of the New York Philharmonic Jaroslav Augusta (1878–1970), painter Jan Zábrana (1931–1984), writer and translator; lived here as a child Ivan Martin Jirous (1944–2011), poet, underground writer and dissident Joseph Drapell (born 1940), Czech-Canadian painter Dusan Kadlec (1942–2018), Czech-Canadian painter David Holoubek (born 1980), football manager Jan Kopic (born 1990), football player

Twin towns – sister cities

Humpolec is twinned with: Námestovo, Slovakia
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