Příbram

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Příbram (IPA2|ˈpr̝̊iːbram; _de. Pibrans, earlier "Freiberg in Böhmen") is a city in the Central Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic with a population of 35,147. The city is located in the Brdy foothills 60 kilometers south-west of Prague, the capital city of the state. The city is well known for its mining history, now finding a new look after its economy restructuring.

The city is the third biggest in the Central Bohemian Region (behind Kladno and Mladá Boleslav) and it is a natural administrative and cultural center of the south-western part of the region, although it also tends to be in large influenced by the economy and life of Prague.

Wide-known pilgrimage site Svatá Hora is located just above the city, the Mining Museum Příbram (including the communist labor camp Vojna memorial) is the other tourism attraction.

History

From legends to Middle Ages

Several legends mentioning Příbram in the early history of Czech statehood are mentioned in the Czech Chronicle ( _cz. Kronika česká) written by Václav Hájek z Libočan in first half of 16th century. The legends talk about princess Libuše’s prophecy and destroying of Březové Hory mines by Horymír of Neumětely, both stories depicting the silver mining in region.

Hájek also explains the name of the city, although his etymology is now believed to be partially fancied, the basics of it is probably true, as the city name is derived from the name of a person, probably the site owner.

Since 1216 (the first remark about Příbram ever), the Příbram holding has been owned by Prague bishops and soon received its walls. The city castle was built under Prague archbishop Arnošt of Pardubice. During Hussite wars in the 15th century, Příbram stood on the reformation side, but was captured and pillaged four times by Catholic aristocracy.

Archbishop Zdeněk Zajíc of Hasenburk gave Příbram town privileges, which were confirmed by king Jiří z Poděbrad in 1463, and in 1496 Příbram was named town by king Ladislaus II, as Příbram was passed over to Czech King’s hands. The economic state of city however worsened, the rulers often impledged the city and temporary masters did not care of the city development.

Modern history

"See also: Mining in Příbram"

Available information about silver and iron mining in Příbram are extended as mining books starting from late 16th century survived to present days. In 1579 Rudolf II named Příbram “Royal Mining City” to promote its reputation. The Thirty Years' War had large impact on Příbram, lowering the number of its citizens and causing violent recatholicization that was supported by the growing importance of Svatá Hora, nearby pilgrimage site.

Since the 17th century the mining boom was followed with the city growth. The city however gave majority of its mining profit share over in favor of central Vienna government, which soon slowed the development of the city when the silver mining was on its top at the end of the 18th century.

Five major deep-mines are built in 18th century in Březové Hory near Příbram, starting with the St. Adalbert mine ( _cz. Vojtěšský důl). The Příbram mining district became one of the most modern in Europe in 19th century, which remained true until the 1920s. Příbram built educational sites and became the seat of central mining authorities and the mining academy. The St. Mary mine ( _cz. Mariánský důl) fire in 1892 was a large-scale catastrophe, as 319 miners died. Although the real importance of Příbram mines declined after 1900, the city’s reputation as the educational and cultural centre remained high.

Region with strong partisan resistance was around Příbram during the World War II. Several prominent citizens participated in the resistance, many of them were killed by Nazi occupiers. Student Antonín Stočes, his father and Příbram’s gymnasium director Josef Lukeš, were executed in Tábor in the 1942 days following the assassination of Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich. Their story was idealized in Jan Drda’s fiction "Vyšší princip" ( _en. Higher Principle). General Richard Tesařík, [ [http://www.rozhlas.cz/wwii/lide_csr/_zprava/138293 Richard Tesařík in the Czech Radio web article] (in Czech)] the Hero of the Soviet Union, or legionary Alois Laub, leader of the military resistance group Oliver, executed in Brandenburg in 1945, were born in Příbram.

At the beginning of May 1945, Příbram spontaneously rose up against the occupiers, the Czech authority took formally the power, but the Wehrmacht unit threatened with declaration of martial law. After negotiations, the city was liberated by the Soviet partisan brigade "Death of Fascism" ( _cs. Smrt fašismu, _ru. "Смерть фашизма") led by Captain Yevgeny Antonovich Olesinsky. Although the majority of German forces had left the city before the liberation itself, Příbram’s surroundings are said to be the place where the last shots of the World War II were fired. German troops trying to leave Soviet zone over the demarcation line were met by partisan units and eventually fought Soviet Army, General von Pückler agreed to a surrender 12 May 1945, four days after the V-E Day.

In 1950, the cities of Příbram and Březové Hory were merged.

The last epoch of Příbram mining occurred since the 1950s, when the district was opened again for uranite mining, several mines around the city were opened. The industry was included into a program of penal labour that Communist Czechoslovak government used for persecution of regime objectors. Labor camps Příbram-Vojna and Příbram-Brody were run there 1949-1951, holding up to 800 detainees. [ [http://www.totalita.cz “Totalita.cz”] (in Czech)] The new city quarter was built for more than a half of citizens; Březové Hory and several villages (eg. Zdaboř) became part of city, which population overcame 40,000 citizens.

Located near to the Brdy military area, Příbram was an important locality during the 1968 Occupation of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact forces. The army command in Příbram was labeled "focus of contrarevolution" in the Czechoslovak Army as it did not cooperate the occupation forces and harbored the Czechoslovak Television during its independent broadcasting. The rioting of Příbram-Bytíz crime prisoners and the strike of Příbram miners were the other major events related to the August 1968 invasion.

The 1989 Velvet Revolution influenced the city life as much as the mines closure.

Politics and administration

Příbram city assembly is the highest authority of the city. It is elected during communal election every four years and has 25 members. The assembly elects the City council of six members including the mayor and two vice-mayors. As former county ( _cz. okres) city, Příbram now has a status of the city with extended agency ( _cz. obec s rozšířenou působností).

All city council seats are now occupied by the Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD) members and the SNK European Democrats (SNK-ED), their minority coalition was enabled by the votes of Communists. Josef Řihák (ČSSD) is the current city mayor.

Příbram area of almost 13 km² is divided into 18 city quarters, nine central numbered using roman numerals, the others are usually the villages added to the city before in the second half of the 20th century like Brod, Bytíz, Jerusalem, Lazec, Žežice and others.

Elections in Příbram

"See also: Elections in the Czech Republic"

The last time the city council was elected in October 2006 during the post parliamentary election period when there was no state government with Parliament’s confidence and the situation was highly confrontational between the two strongest Czech parties – the Civic Democrats ODS and Social Democrats ČSSD.

Both parties strengthened their position in the Příbram council for the second elections in a row, while the Christian Democrats of the former mayor Josef Vacek lost both two remaining seats, Vacek himself did not act as the party leader, but he was unsuccessfully running for re-election.

The result gave the Civic Democrats a chance to continue their coalition with the Social Democrats or to close a coalition deal with the SNK European Democrats, but they were not able to do so. After two weeks of negotiations, the minority coalition of Social Democrats and SNK European Democrats was approved by the Communists' votes.

electiontable|Příbram municipal elections, 2006

Summary of the 2006 Příbram council elections results [Parties and coalitions are listed according to their participation in the 2002 and 2006 elections, with 2006 logos. The results are cited according to the [http://www.volby.cz Czech Statistical Office electoral web] .]

-!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=left valign=top colspan=2|Parties and coalitions!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=left|Leader!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=right|Votes!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=right|%!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=right|Seats!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=right|+/-
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valing=top align=center|
valing=top align=left|Civic Democratic Party ("ODS")
valing=top align=left |Ivan Fuksa
valing=top align=right |86,272
valing=top align=right |33.13
valing=top align=right |11
valing=top align=right |+4
-
valing=top align=center
valing=top align=left|Czech Social Democratic Party ("ČSSD")
valing=top align=left |Josef Řihák
valing=top align=right |62,290
valing=top align=right |23.92
valing=top align=right |8
valing=top align=right |+2
-
valing=top align=center|
valing=top align=left|Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia ("KSČM")
valing=top align=left |Jiří Svoboda
valing=top align=right |35,518
valing=top align=right |13.64
valing=top align=right |4
valing=top align=right |-1
-
valing=top align=center|
valing=top align=left|SNK European Democrats ("SNK-ED")
valing=top align=left |Petr Kareš
valing=top align=right |19,819
valing=top align=right |7.61
valing=top align=right |2
valing=top align=right |+2
-
valing=top align=center|
valing=top align=left|Christian and Democratic Union - Czechoslovak People's Party ("KDU-ČSL")
valing=top align=left |Lenka Ptáčková Melicharová
valing=top align=right |12,566
valing=top align=right |4.82
valing=top align=right |0
valing=top align=right |-2
-
valing=top align=center
valing=top align=left|Green Party ("SZ")
valing=top align=left |Alena Šálová
valing=top align=right |11,637
valing=top align=right |4.47
valing=top align=right |0
valing=top align=right |0
-
valing=top align=center|
valing=top align=left|Change for Příbram (Coalition of Path of Change ("CZ") and independents)
valing=top align=left |Jiří Schmidt
valing=top align=right |10,473
valing=top align=right |4.02
valing=top align=right |0
valing=top align=right |-2
-
valing=top align=center
valing=top align=left|Union for Příbram (Coalition of Freedom Union – Democratic Union "US-DEU" and independents)
valing=top align=left |Vladimír Kříž
valing=top align=right |9,344
valing=top align=right |3.59
valing=top align=right |0
valing=top align=right |-1
-
valing=top align=center|
valing=top align=left|Union of Independents ("SN")
valing=top align=left |-
valing=top align=right |did not participate
valing=top align=right |-
valing=top align=right |0
valing=top align=right |-2
-
valing=top align=center
valing=top align=left|other
valing=top align=left
valing=top align=right |12,411
valing=top align=right |4.77
valing=top align=right |0
valing=top align=right |0
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align=left style="background-color:#E9E9E9" colspan=2|Total (turnout 39.77%)
width="30" align="right" style="background-color:#E9E9E9"|
width="75" align="right" style="background-color:#E9E9E9"|260,330
width="30" align="right" style="background-color:#E9E9E9"|
width="30" align="right" style="background-color:#E9E9E9"|25
width="30" align="right" style="background-color:#E9E9E9"|0
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Since the 1989 Velvet Revolution, the free parliamentary elections have been held five times in the Czech Republic. In 1990, the Civic Forum received clear majority of 50 to 57 per cent of votes in Příbram. In 1992, rightist coalition of Civic Democratic Party and Christian Democratic Party ("KDS") won in Příbram with a total of 25 to 34.8%. Both times the deputies in three parliament chambers were elected. Since 1996, the Czech Social Democratic Party won in Příbram, starting with 30% of votes in 1996 and between 34.3 and 36.8% in 1998, 2002 and 2006; with Civic Democrats in second place all times.

City of Příbram is the center of Příbram electoral district for the Senate elections. Social Democrat Zdeněk Vojíř won the seat in 1996 in the second round, but he lost the seat to Civic Democrat Jaromír Volný in 2002. The results in city itself were comparable to the overall district results both times.

Economy

Příbram’s economy was determined by the mining industry and supplying companies for hundreds of years. At the end of the 1980s, when the mining was slowly derogating, the basic Příbram corporations included the Uranium Mines ( _cz. Uranové doly full name Czech State Uranium Industry _cz. Český státní uranový průmysl), the Ore Mines ( _cz. Rudné doly) and suppliers like ZRUP ( _cz. Základna rozvoje uranového průmyslu _en. Base of Uranium Industry Development) and others. Also the Hamiro company was located in Příbram,

After 1989, the economy restructured because of the closure of mines and privatization. The nation-wide important branch office of state enterprise Diamo is the successor of the Uranium Mines, the office is named the Administration of Uranium Deposits ( _cz. Správa uranových ložisek). Several of the supplying companies continue their activities under new owners. The list of the Příbram’s biggest companies follows:

* ZAT, a. s. – production of control systems for power engineering and industry;
* ZRUP, a. s. [The abbreviation a.s. ( _cz. akciová společnost) stands for joint stock company, abbreviation s. r. o. ( _cz. spolčnost s ručením omezeným) stands for limited liability company] – prefab buildings production;
* DISA Industries, s.r.o. – production of shot blasting equipment;
* Kovohutě Příbram nástupnická, a. s. – recycling and production of lead and precious metals;
* Halex-Schauenberg – steel buildings and steel construction;
* Vibros, s.r.o. – production of surface vibrators and vibrating machines;
* Průzkum Příbram, s.r.o. – mining and geological works;
* Ravak, a. s. – the biggest producer of baths and shower-baths in middle and eastern Europe;
* Yoko, s.r.o. – plush toys;
* Stella Ateliers, s.r.o. – production of bed linen.

Several food industry companies or affiliates have also larger then regional importance (baking industry, beverages, meat-packing). Many services or trading companies have their seat in Příbram.

The District Economic Chamber Příbram was found in 1993.

Despite the development of Příbram enterprises, the unemployment in city and close surroundings stays high on 8.8 per cent [ [http://www.pribramskydenik.cz/pribram/zpravodajstvi_pb/ZM20060724000002.html Příbramský deník article] in Czech] in July 2006 – higher than in other parts of former Příbram district and over average in the Central Bohemian Region.

Transport

Road transport

Příbram is located near to a crossroad of national road 18 (from Rožmitál pod Třemšínem and Votice) and Expressway R4, which was modernized in the 1980s to a highway type road between Příbram and Prague; it heads south to Strakonice and Vimperk in the opposite direction, and in Germany is connected to road number 2 to Munich via Passau.

Příbram has an extensive system of bus connections to near villages and cities as well to Prague and further Czech cities. Direct lines however connect Příbram also to Slovakia cities, like Poprad or Košice.

Intra-city transport is run by Connex Příbram company. The system includes 15 bus lines numbered 1 to 16 (number 13 is empty). Connex Příbram uses buses Karosa (B731, B732, B932 or B952) and SOR (B 9.5 and BN 12). Basic line no. 2 has regular 10-minutes interval (5 minutes in rush periods), other lines periodicity varies down to several buses per day.

Bus terminal is located next to the railway station, the busiest hub for city buses is however located in the Jirásek Parks ( _cz. Jiráskovy sady) near the Pražská street.

Railroad transport

Railroad from Zdice to Protivín, which runs directly through Příbram, was built in 1875. The train is now used especially for short-distance commutation. České Budějovice or Most are available direct by the Bezdrev fast train. The railway station is also important for goods and cargo transport.

Airplane transport

The Příbram airport (ICAO airport code LKPM), located 6 kilometers away north-east of Příbram at Dlouhá Lhota, is a civil airport with a daylight operation on one 1.45 km long grass runway.

Landmarks and places of interest

Svatá Hora monastery and St. Jacob church are dominants of the city’s panorama. Old town has the following landmarks:

* Svatá Hora – baroque church and monastery at a pilgrimage site, connected to the city with unique roofed stairs;
* Tomás Garrigue Masaryk Square:
** the St. Jacob church (found 1298, baroque aisle, 19th century neo-gothic tower),
** former court building (decorated with sgraffiti from Mikoláš Aleš mining drawings),
** city library and other historic buildings;
* City Hall – neo-renascence building from 1890, architect Václav Ignác Ulmann;
* Zámeček-Ernestinum – castle found in 14th century, later archbishop residence, now culture centre, original gothic bay
** memorial of victims of World War I, statue of archbishop Arnošt of Pardubice (sculptor Ivar Kodym);
* Pražská street – precinct with shops and restaurants, on the top end, the St. Wenceslas square ( _cz. Václavské náměstí) is located with a statue of the saint (sculptor Stanislav Hanzík);
* Jiráskovy sady ( _en. Jirásek Parks) – the park in the center of the old town, surrounded by historical buildings:
** the konvikt (ecclesiastical school), former mining academy rectorate or Příbram district office, architect V. I. Ulmann,
** statue memorial to Alois Jirásek literature work (sculptor Václav Šára), bust of general Richard Tesařík;
* Příbram cemetery – graves of many Příbram natives, memorial of 1892 St. Mary mine disaster victims (the duplicate one is located in the Zdaboř cemetery), memorial of the Red Army World War II victims;
* Antonín Dvořák bust on the Dvořák Front ( _cz. Dvořákovo nábřeží).

In new city, built after 1945, you can find:

* House of Culture – built 1959, architect V. Hilský, house of Příbram theatre,
** near is statue of Antonín Dvořák (sculptor Josef Wagner);
* statue of Miner (sculptor L. Lošák) at the Příbram gymnasium

In Březové Hory you can find:

* Five historical mines and other buildings of the Mining Museum Příbram;
* St. Adalbert church – neo-renascence, built 1889;
* St. Prokop church – found on a place of old wooden campanile in 18th century;
* church of Master Jakoubek of Stříbro Charge – built 1936.

Culture

Thanks to high level of education and culture life, Příbram was nicknamed Brdy Athens ( _cs. Podbrdské Athény) at the end of the 19th century. The city’s culture was then largely influenced by the mining industry, which went on until the late 20th century.Mining life was described by poets and writers Fráňa Kučera, Quido Maria Vyskočil and František Gellner, who lived or studied in Příbram. Many books by Příbram's most famous writer, Jan Drda, were inspired by Příbram and he used the names of the city's neighbouring villages in his tales. Some of the stories in his "Němá barikáda" ( _en. Silent Barricade) have their origin in Příbram (especially "Vyšší princip" – see Modern History) while his "Městečko na dlani" ( _en. City on Palm) describes Příbram directly, although reality is distorted there by having a river flowing through the city, which is named "Rukapáň" ( _en. God’s Hand) in the book.

The city library was opened in 1900.

The theatre in Příbram has a long history thanks to a long tradition of theatricals. During the struggle to build the permanent theatre stage, the plays had to be performed in different halls for a long time, especially in the Sokolovna, the hall of Příbram Sokol. In 1959 the House of Culture ( _cs. Kulturní dům) was built, which hosts the Příbram theatre and includes a cinema hall (the only other cinema is the open-air stage, while two pre-1989 more cinema-halls were closed). The first cinema productions were however held in Příbram as early as in 1914. The Příbram theatre is a permanent scene with a professional ensemble, its repertory is enriched by regular on-tour performances by Prague’s and other cities ensembles. The reputation of Příbram ensemble is derived not only from departure of several actors to bigger ensembles, but also from the nation-wide successful spectacle of "Hrdý Budžes" ( _en. Proud Budžes), a comedy play after book of Příbram born Irena Dousková. Barbora Hrzánová won the Thálie award as the best Czech female stage actress of the 2004 year.

Musical life of Příbram is connected to the name of Antonín Dvořák, who had his summerhouse in near Vysoká u Příbramě and visited Příbram often. In 1969, the Antonín Dvořák Music Festival was founded in Příbram, which has been organized annually till now, bringing domestic as well as foreign musicians and ensembles to the city and its neighbourhood. Příbram has its own amateur philharmonic orchestra, the Příbram Big Band still helds its concerts, miners‘ bands perform during annual miners‘festivals, the newest form of musical performances was brought to Příbram with the Ensemble of Svatá Hora Horn-Blowers.

The most important form of the city’s musical activities was the choir singing. Starting with the Lumír-Dobromila association, founded and directed by composer, choirmaster and choral director Bohumil Fidler for fifteen years, and continuing as the Příbram Mixed Choir, the ensemble made a great impact on several generations of Příbram citizens. The most important choir leaders were Antonín Vepřek and his son, Vladimír. In 1939, Antonín Vepřek founded Příbram Children Choir, which is one of the oldest children choruses in the Czech Republic. Several children choruses are organized in Příbram elementary and art schools, Příbram hosts annual international show of children choruses.

Popular music is played in several clubs in Příbram, with the Junior club the oldest of them. Of the Příbram music groups, the E!E punk rock band is the most important.

Miners in Příbram used to earn more money by handicrafts (embroidery, woodcarving, painting etc.), often on good artistic level. The Christmas cribs-making ( _cz. betlém) lives till today, the museum collects also several mechanical models of mine. Of the professional artists, painter and graphic artist Karel Hojden, pupil of Max Švabinský was the most important. The world-known photographer of the first half of the 20th century František Drtikol was born in Příbram. The city gallery, which now seats in "Zámeček-Ernestinum", former Prague archbishop's residence, is named after him and offers permanent exhibition of his works.

The Příbram museum was founded in 1886 and after several changes of form it is now run by the Central-Bohemian Region and named Mining Museum Příbram. It is the biggest museum of its kind in the Czech Republic, it contains the objects of historical mine with old headstock, miner’s house, drift with a mining train, exhibition of mining history, geological collection and others.

Education

Příbram was the site of the Mining University, which tradition goes on till now, but the institution was moved to Ostrava in 1945. "For more information about the university see below."

With the removal of the Mining University, Příbram lost the status of university city. In the 1990s, the city authorities aspired for the status again. In 2005 the College of European and Regional Studies ( _cz. Vysoká škola evropských a regionálních studií, VŠERS) with seat in České Budějovice opened its affiliate in Příbram, with 30 students in the courses. [College of European and Regional Studies [http://www.vsers.cz/zpravodajstvi.php news webpage] (in Czech)]

There were news of another university department opened in Příbram in 2006 autumn, specialized on correspondence course of physical therapy. [ [http://zpravy.idnes.cz/mfdnes.asp?v=256&r=mfstredcech&c=616591 interview] with VŠERS director V. Kříž]

High schools offer in Příbram includes two gymnasiums, technical school, business academy, medical school and training college. Gymnasium Příbram was founded 1871 and serves as a general educational propedeutics institutions for applicants for university studies. The Pod Svatou Horou gymnasium was founded in the 1990s. The technical school was derived from the preliminary courses of the Mining University, so called Mining School, founded already in 1851. In 2006 the school had 564 students. [Technical school Příbram [http://www.spspb.cz/histHist.htm history webpage] (in Czech)]

Seven elementary schools are in Příbram, six of them with traditional educational program (the number was reduced by two in the 1990s). The remaining one, found in 1991, stands on the Waldorf education program and it has also opened its own high school.

The city has 13 kindergartens and runs also two musical and art schools. [City of Příbram official site [http://www.pribram-city.cz/odbor.php?vid=93&nad=000001000002000044 education webpage] (in Czech)]

Mining University in Příbram (1894-1945)

"(see also Technical University of Ostrava)"

Mining education in Příbram dates from the beginning of the 19th century. The mining high school was founded in 1851 and it was changed to Mining Academy in 1865. It was then the only mining educational institution in the Czech lands. The academy struggled in the shadow of Leoben academy, which repeatedly obtained its privileges in advance. Geologist František Pošepný was one of the most important educators of this era and of all the school's history.

In 1894, the academy received its university status decree and A. Hoffmann was elected the first chancellor of the university in 1898.

At the beginning of the 20th century the national conflicts went to the attempts to move Leoben academy to Vienna, while Příbram school should have been dissolved. Long proceedings and the fact, that three quarters of the mining production of the Austria-Hungary was provided by the mines in the Czech lands. In 1904 both Leoben and Příbram institutions were renamed Mining Academy ( _cz. Vysoká škola báňská) with prof. Josef Theurer as the first chancellor.

The university started with 11 departments, but the number grew to 18 in 1924. The university had the right to name doctors of mining sciences ("dr. mont."). The highest number of students was almost 500 in 1921, but in the late 1930s the number fell to 120.

The position of the institution changed basically after arousal of Czechoslovakia in 1918, one year later the Czech language became the official language of the university. Many attempts to move it out of Příbram recurred, several of them initiated from the university itself, but they were refused.

World War II and the closure of Czech universities interrupted the work of the institution, which was resumed in 1945. The university was however moved to Ostrava within few months to bring the education closer to the booming mining industry in the Ostrava region. The last mining university students left Příbram in 1946 summer. [Section composed after the [http://www.vsb.cz/okruhy/univerzita/historie-soucasnost-vize/historie Technical University of Ostrava history webpage] (in Czech)]

ports

Příbram is the home of FK Marila Příbram football club, successor of past Dukla Praha. The top division games have been played at the Na Litavce Stadium since 1997. The other Příbram’s football club Spartak (also called Horymír) plays regional competition.

Příbram’s volleyball club Vavex Příbram, found in 1935, has been a member of the Czech top division since 1998.

The ice hockey club entered regional league in 2006. The city is regular host of a city run, several road cycling races including the Grand Prix of Příbram. The Rallye Příbram (former Rallye Vltava) used to be part of the European Championships, now is the integrant part of the national championships. The movement of the little football plays a major role in the sport for all in the city and region organizing regular long-term competitions twice a year for almost 50 teams.

Besides the Na Litavce Stadium, the sport facilities in Příbram include two indoor ice rinks (main arena for approx. 5,000 spectators opened in 1978), indoor sports arena (opened 1978, capacity enlarged in reconstruction in 2005), modern open-air and indoor swimming pool and several playgrounds and tennis centers. Many of the Příbram’s elementary schools have their sport-oriented classes and they have sports facilities like the high schools in the city.

ister cities

* , since 1992;
* , since before 1989;
* , since before 1989;
* , since 1999;
* , since 1997;
* , since before 1989;
* . [The cities of Königs Wusterhausen and Altötting are mentioned on the municipal website as cities with continued collaboration, but not listed among the sister cities themselves. Königs Wusterhausen used to have a strong relation to Příbram before 1989.]

Notable people born in or otherwise connected to Příbram

"listed chronologically"
* Arnošt of Pardubice, Archbishop of Prague, owner of the Příbram domain;
* Bohuslav Balbín, writer and poet, lived in Příbram;
* František Pošepný, geologist, led the Mining Academy in Příbram;
* Antonín Dvořák, composer, stayed often in nearby Vysoká u Příbramě, composed his opera Rusalka there;
* Bohumil Fidler, composer, choirmaster, choir director and music teacher;
* František Gellner, poet, lived and studied in Příbram;
* František Drtikol, photographer, born in Příbram;
* Jan Drda, writer, born in Příbram;
* Hermína Týrlová, cartoon-movie maker, born i Březové Hory;
* Adina Mandlová, Czech actress, died there in 1991.
* Richard Tesařík, general and war hero;

Trivia

The city is also known as the impact site of the Příbram's meteorite in 1959. The meteorite is notable because it was the first meteorite whose trajectory was tracked by multiple cameras recording the associated fireball. Several fragments of it were found near to Příbram, exactly at a nearby village Luhy.Also see [ [http://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/nph-iarticle_query?1961BAICz..12...21C "Multiple fall of Pribram meteorites photographed"] by Z. Ceplecha, Bull. Astron. Inst. Czechoslovakia, 12, 21-46, NASA ADS]

Bibliography

* VELFL, Josef. "Příbram v průběhu staletí". Příbram : Městský úřad, 2003. 166 p. ISBN 80-239-1174-0.
* ČÁKA, Jan "Kráčím starou Příbramí". Příbram : Olšanská & Hyšpler, 1998. 83 p. ISBN 80-902362-1-9.

Footnotes

External links

"in English, unless noted"

General

* [http://www.pribram-city.cz/en/ Municipal website]

Economy and transport

* [http://www.ohkpb.cz District Economy Chamber Příbram] (in Czech)
* [http://www.zat.cz/eng ZAT company]
* [http://www.yoko.cz/index_en.htm Yoko, toys producer]
* [http://www.ravak.com Ravak company]
* [http://www.connex.info/PortalPage____6530.aspx Connex Příbram website] – Příbram bus service company (in Czech)
* [http://www.piper.cz/piper/sluzby/letiste_Pribram.html Příbram airport services website] (in Czech)

Culture and sports

* [http://www.divadlopribram.eu/ Příbram Theatre] (in Czech)
* [http://www.hfad.cz/ Antonín Dvořák Music Festival] (in Czech)
* [http://www.muzeum-pribram.cz/jazyky/anglicky/anglicky.html Mining Museum Příbram]
* [http://www.fkmarila.cz/ FK Marila Přibram football club] (in Czech)

Education

* [http://www.vsers.cz/zahranici/aj/index.php College of European and Regional Studies]
* [http://www.gym.pb.cz/ Gymnasium Příbram] (in Czech)
* [http://www.gshpb.cz/ Gymnasium Pod Svatou Horou Příbram] (in Czech)
* [http://www.spspb.cz/ Technical School Příbram] (in Czech)
* [http://www.oapb.cz/ Business Academy Příbram] (in Czech) - [http://www.oapb.cz/skolst/o-skole-v-anj.mht short info in English]
* [http://www.szs.pb.cz/ Medical School Příbram] (in Czech)


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