Kunštát

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49°30'23"N
016°31'01"E
Country
 Czech Republic
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Description

Kunštát (Czech pronunciation: [ˈkunʃtaːt]) (German: Kunstadt) is a town in Blansko District in the South Moravian Region of the Czech Republic. It has around 2,800 inhabitants.

Administrative parts

Villages Hluboké u Kunštátu, Rudka, Sychotín, Touboř and Újezd are administrative parts of Kunštát.

History

Kunštát was established in 1280 by Podiebrad family. Lords of Kunštát held the manor until 1521. The most famous of the family was Czech King George of Poděbrady, who was the owner of Kunštát estate in the years 1427–1464. The last holders of the town were in the years 1901–1945 Counts Coudenhove-Honrichs. In 1994 Kunštát acquired the status of town.

Economy

Kunštát has a long tradition of pottery which began soon after establishment of the town. A potters guild was set up in 1620, joining together ten local potters. The craft reached its peak in the 19th century. Pottery fairs are held in the town since 1993.

Sights

The Kunštát Castle, a national monument, was in 16th and 17th century rebuilt into the current chateau. It is nowadays among the places of historical interests in the area Saint Stanislaus Church from the 17th century The statue of George of Poděbrady Burian lookout tower The Blaník knights cave, located in Rudka is the work of Stanislav Rolínek. It contained 14 meter high statue of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk unveiled in 1928. During the German occupation it was destroyed, leaving only part of it. Statues of the Knights of Blaník, including the statue of St. Wenceslaus, were created in the cave.

Notable people

George of Poděbrady (1420–1471), king Jan Tenora (1863–1936), historian and writer František Halas (1901–1949), poet; buried here Stanislav Rolínek (1902–1931), sculptor Ludvík Kundera (1920–2010), poet, dramatist and translator
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