A City That Will Capture Your Heart
First historical mentions of Frenštát pod Radhoštěm date back to the year 1300, however, the first
credible source document referencing the city is from the 14th of March in 1382. In 1781, Frenštát
was officially given the title of the city. It features a historical city center, two churches, a myriad of
valuable works of art, an indoor swimming pool, aquapark, sports hall, riding stable, tennis courts,
several ski jumping hills and much more.
There are many noteworthy buildings in
Frenštát, however, the most memorable are
likely the cities’ two churches, the parish of
St. Martin and the church of St. John the
Baptist. Other remarkable buildings include
the fruit drying facility located on Papratná
street, which was built according to a project
by Dušan Jurkovič. There is also the building
belfry by J. Stefek located on Kopaná
street. Some of Frenštát’s most important
monuments include a fountain with the
statue of Neptune, which is endearingly
referred to as ‘Jonáš’‚ by locals, the column
of Virgin Mary from 1686, and the baroque
statues of Jan Nepomucký and St. Florian
from 1719 and 1773, respectively. Visitors
can also enjoy the beautiful statues created
by the Frenštát native, Albín Polášek, ‘The
Battle of Good and Evil’ or ‘Man Carving His
Own Destiny’, both located on Horní street.
The city’s history, however, is more than just
monuments, natural beauties and curiosities.
It was home to many people over the years
and each of them left a mark. Though
the legacy of some citizens reached far
beyond city borders. Just to name a few,
the poet, Josef Kalus sculptor, Albín Polášek
composer, Jan Nepomuk poet, playwright
and publicist, František Horečka the journalist
and politician and Záviš Kalandra,who
became a victim of communist repression.
Related to sports, we can mention the names
of Jiří Raškaan olympic medalist, or Jiří Parma
former ski jumping world champion.
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