Skuteč

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49°50'47"N
015°59'44"E
Country
 Czech Republic
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Skuteč (Czech pronunciation: [ˈskutɛtʃ]; German: Skutsch) is a town in Chrudim District in the Pardubice Region of the Czech Republic. It has about 5,000 inhabitants.

Administrative parts

Villages of Borek, Hněvětice, Lažany, Lešany, Lhota u Skutče, Nová Ves, Radčice, Skutíčko, Štěpánov, Zbožnov, Zhoř and the town part of Žďárec u Skutče are administrative parts of Skuteč. Lešany forms an exclave of the municipal territory.

Geography

The town lies in the undulating and hilly landscape of the Iron Mountains. A part of the nature reserve Anenské Valley around the Anenský Brook is located in the municipal territory.

History

The first written mention of Skuteč is from 1289. The settlement was located on a side trade route. Skuteč was promoted to a town probably in the first half of the 14th century. It was one of the larger towns in the region. Its development was slowed down by the Thirty Year's War. In 1862 and 1867, the town was severely damaged by large fires.

Economy

Skuteč is significantly associated with shoemaking tradition, represented by the company Botas, a.s, and for mining of granite. Both sectors are still active.

Education

The town has two elementary schools and Vítězslav Novák Art School. Since 2000, there is the Gymnasium of the Sovereign Maltese Knights Order.

Culture

Since 2003, the town hosts Tomášek's and Novák's Musical Skuteč, an annual festival of classical music and choir singing.

Sights

The most notable buildings are the churches. In Skuteč there are Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and Church of the Corpus Christi. The Church of Saint Wenceslaus is located in Lažany and the Church of Saint Matthias is in Štěpánov.The birthplace of the most famous native, composer Václav Tomášek, is a folk architecture house from the 18th century with a small exhibition of his life and work.

Notable people

Václav Tomášek (1774–1850), composer and music teacher Vítězslav Novák (1870–1949), composer; lived and died here Jaromír Funke (1896–1945), photographer Jiří Zástěra (1913–1983), football player and manager Jan Tesař (born 1933), historian Tomáš Malinský (born 1991), footballer
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