Chomutov

Chomutov
Town
Town square in Chomutov
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Country Czech Republic
Region Ústí nad Labem
District Chomutov
Elevation 340 m (1,115 ft)
Coordinates 50°27′38.83″N 13°25′3.66″E / 50.4607861°N 13.4176833°E / 50.4607861; 13.4176833
Area 29.26 km2 (11.3 sq mi)
Population 50,900 (As of 2006)
Density 1,740 / km2 (4,507 / sq mi)
First mentioned 29 March 1252
Mayor Jan Mareš
Postal code 430 01
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in Chomutov District
Wikimedia Commons: Chomutov
Website: www.chomutov-mesto.cz

Chomutov (Czech pronunciation: [ˈxomutof]; German: Komotau) is a city in the Czech Republic, in the Ústí nad Labem Region. Chomutov has been a statutory town since 1 July 2006. It occupies an area of 29,26 km² and has 50 782 inhabitants (2008), thereby making it the 20th largest town in the Czech Republic, the 4th largest in the Ústí nad Labem region and the biggest in the Chomutov district. There are almost 80 000 inhabitants in the town's wider metropolitan area.

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Location and natural conditions

The town with the historical heart on the left side of the river Chomutovka[1] shore in altitude of 234m is extended in Chomutovsko-Teplice basin by the foot of the Ore Mountains. The surface is mostly flat only the parts in the north and southeast protrude to the hillside about several tens meters.

The River Chomutovka in Bezruč valley

Administrative division

Chomutov is a municipality with extended activities, there is one municipality with authorized municipality office Jirkov and other 23 municipalities. The administrative territory of Chomutov borders with Germany in the north. Additionally, it borders with municipality territories of town Kadaň in the west, Louny in the south, Most in the east and Litvínov in the northeast side. A municipality with extended activities represents a new type of municipalities which holds certain administrative powers delegated from the state government. A municipality with an authorized municipality office is appointed some parts of the authority of a municipality with the extended activity. Thus, it is smaller municipality than a municipality with extended activities, while the latter is under the authority of an administrative district 9.

Municipality with extended activities

  • 1 – Chomutov

Municipality with authorized municipality office

  • 2 – Jirkov

History of town

Chomutov was originally a Czech market town, but in 1252 it came into the possession of the Teutonic Order and was completely Germanised. The gothic church of St. Catharine built in this era still stands to this day. In 1396 it received a town charter and in 1416 the knights sold both the town and the lordship to Wenceslaus IV. On March 16, 1421, the town was stormed by the Taborites, sacked and burned. After several upheavals and changes of ownership, Chomutov was taken by Popel of Lobkovic in 1588, who established Jesuit rule, leading to trouble between the Protestant burghers and the town's new overlord. In 1594 the lordship fell to the Czech crown, then in 1605 the town purchased its freedom and was made a royal city. After the Thirty Years' War, Chomutov stagnated. Rapid development did not come until the second half of the 19th century with advancements in the mining and hardware industries. The town expanded yet further and by 1938 it had reached over 30,000 inhabitants. Industrial facilities and large high-rise housing projects were built to redevelop the area after the Second World War. In the late 1970s an urban settlement was built linking Chomutov with its neighbouring Jirkov. After the Velvet Revolution of 1989, the hardware industry significantly decreased its activity, however the environment in and around the town has been visibly improved. The leisure facilities of the area were subsequently emphasised, notably the Alum lake, the Chomutov Zoo[1] and Bezruč valley recreational area.

Development of population

  • 1702 1 129
  • 1811 2 967
  • 1843 4 014
  • 1869 8 183
  • 1880 11 707
  • 1900 19 813
  • 1921 20 894 (1 869: 8,9 % Czech nationality)
  • 1930 33 001 (4 442: 13,5 % Czech nationality)
  • 1950 28 848
  • 1970 39 905
  • 1991 53 107
  • 2003 50 251

Historical sights

The centre of historical town is oblong and it is edged by arcades. The Square of 1 May with its baroque Pillar of Trinity by Ambrož Laurentis from 1697, which is banked by seven statues of saints from years 1725-1732.

Pillar of Trinity

The Town Hall is situated in the northwest side and it used to be a commendam until 1607. Town Hall borders with the most valuable building in the town which is the church of St. Catherine built in early Gothic style and finished in 1281.

On the opposite side of the north direction there is the church of Assumption Virgin Mary in late Gothic style from years 1518-1542 and it borders with 53m tall Town Tower which was renovated after the fire in 1525 and which is used as an observation tower.

Town Tower

At the end of the south side there is a Baroque church of St. Ignatz with two towers on the north frontage which was built for Jesuits by Carlem Luragem in years 1663-1671. The building called Špejchar from the 17th century was used by Jesuits as earlier church and it adjoins the east side of the church of St. Ignatz. Nowadays it is used as a gallery. There is a Jesuitical dormitory in the south neighboring of the church of St. Ignatz from the 16th and 17th century which is nowadays a settlement of a town museum. The most important building from the Gothic citizens' houses is the late Gothic house no.: 9, known as Collin's which is at the bottom of the northeast side of the square.

Alum Lake is the water plane in altitude of 337m at the northeast edge of Chomutov. It was caused at the end of the 18th century by flowage after the mining of the space from the years 1558-1785. Its dimension is 240 to 676m and it occupies the area of 16, 3 ha, the maximum depth is 3,25m and its capacity is 285 000 m³. The high content (about 1%) of alum in the water from Alum Lake is as a small Dead Sea, because it prevents the lake from the growth of weed and anabaena. For that reason it is very frequently visited by many people in summer months.

The Ore Mountains Zoo borders with the Alum Lake at the north side. It is a Zoo concentrated mostly on breeding European and mainly domestic wild animals (wolf, European bison, etc.).

Bezruč Valley is 13 km long and 200m deep woody valley on the river Chomutovka at the northwestern side of the town and it is famous place for trips.

The Hill Strážiště (551) rises over the northern edge of Chomutov and on its peak there is a hotel with an observation tower.

Church of St. Catherine and Town Hall

Alum Lake

Ore Mountains ZOO

Culture

Galleries:

Cinemas:

  • Oko
  • Summer cinema
  • Svět (opened since 2011)

Theatres:

  • The City theatre


Museums:

  • Town Hall
  • Grammar school

Sport centers:

  • Local swimming pool
  • Minigolf
  • Golf club
  • Skate Park
  • Squash Centrum
  • Summer stadium
  • Winter stadium

You find more information on web page of Management of cultural facilities in Chomutov[3]

Transport

Roads through Chomutov:

Railways in Chomutov:

Public Transport

Transport around the town Chomutov is obtained by buses since 1995 and also by trolleybuses[2] (the newest trolleybus transport). The runner of the trolleybus link is The Public Transport of Chomutov and Jirkov[4]


People

  • Ernst Fischer, Austrian politician, writer
  • Erich Heller, British philosopher and literary scholar
  • František Josef Gerstner (1756–1832), a professor of Math and Mechanics
  • Hans Goldmann[3](1899–1991), a Swiss ophthalmologist, a rector at the University in Bern
  • Jiří Žáček (1945), a Czech poet, writer and translator
  • Vlastimil Harapes (1946), a Czech dancer, director and choreographer
  • Petr Klíma, hockey player, defected to US at 18 to play in NHL
  • Sharka Blue,[4] Czech pornstar born in 1981


References

External links


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