Kuřim (Czech pronunciation: [ˈkur̝ɪm]; German: Gurein) is a town in the Brno-Country District in the South Moravian Region of the Czech Republic. It has about 11,000 inhabitants. It is situated 14 kilometers north-west of Brno and about 5 kilometers from the dam Brno Dam. It is the largest town of Brno-Country District. There is a prison for convicted men aged 18 years and more on the outskirts of the town.
The first written record about this town is from 1226 when The margrave of Moravia Ottokar I of Bohemia issued a charter about the payment of tithes to the church of Saints Peter and Paul. It is thought that the town was founded in the 12th century during Premyslian colonization.
The town has only four monuments. First and most well known is the church of Saint Mary Magdalene founded in 1226. There is also a castle from 14th century which belongs to the cultural heritage of the Czech Republic. There is a water chapel of John of Nepomuk and a statue of Saint Florian.
Twin towns – sister cities
Kuřim is twinned with: