Ledeč nad Sázavou

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Location
49°41'44"N
015°16'30"E
Country
 Czech Republic
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Description

Ledeč nad Sázavou (Czech pronunciation: [ˈlɛdɛtʃ ˈnat saːzavou]; until 1921 Ledeč) is a town in the Havlíčkův Brod District in the Vysočina Region of the Czech Republic. It has about 5,000 inhabitants. The Sázava River flows through the town. The historic town centre is well preserved and is protected by law as an urban monument zone.

Administrative parts

Villages and hamlets of Habrek, Horní Ledeč, Obrvaň and Souboř are administrative parts of Ledeč nad Sázavou.

History

The first written mention of Ledeč comes from the 12th century, when it was written about "a noble of Ledeč". In the first half of 16th century, during the rule of the Ledecký of Říčany noble family, Ledeč was promoted to a town.In the early 19th century, the railway was built, which helped the economical and cultural development of the area.Until 1918, the town was a part of the Austrian monarchy (Austria side after the compromise of 1867), in the district of the same name, in Bohemia. In 1921, Ledeč was renamed Ledeč nad Sázavou.

Sights

The main sight is the Ledeč nad Sázavou Castle. The castle was built in the early Gothic style in the first half of the 13th century, and later was rebuilt in Renaissance and Baroque styles. It has unique sgraffito decoration of the ceiling of a renaissance hall. The castle now contains a museum and a gallery. It has a 32 metres (105 ft) high tower open to the public.

Notable people

Zdeněk Bárta (1891–1987), fencer František Laudát (born 1960), politician
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