Velvary

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50°16'46"N
014°14'20"E
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 Czech Republic
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Description

Velvary (Czech pronunciation: [ˈvɛlvarɪ]) is a town in Kladno District in the Central Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic. It has about 3,100 inhabitants. It is located 25 km northwest of Prague. The town centre is well preserved and is protected by law as an urban monument zone.

Administrative parts

Villages of Ješín, Malá Bučina and Velká Bučina are administrative parts of Velvary.

History

The first written mention of Velvary is from 1282. It was for centuries an important stop on the way from Prague to Saxony. After 1357, it became a royal property and it was raised to a market town by King Charles IV. In 1482 it became a town by King Vladislaus II.

Sights

The major sights of the spacious Krále Vladislava Square include a Baroque Marian column (1716–1719), a Baroque town hall (1717) and the Gothic Church of Saint Catherine church with murals from the 15th century. The Renaissance Prague Gate (1580) is the last preserved of three town gates. There is also a valuable Renaissance Church of Saint George (1613–1616) with a churchyard.

Sport

The town is home to a football club TJ Slovan Velvary, which plays in the Bohemian Football League (3rd tier of the Czech football league system).

Notable people

Jan Antonín Koželuh (1738–1814), composer Leopold Koželuh (1747–1818), composer Václav Klement (1868–1938), automotive pioneer
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