The industrial and culture heart of Czech Silesia is a city with a great history and numerous sights.
The statutory city of Opava is in the historical area of
Silesia, a picturesque landscape at the confluence of the
largest rivers of the region, the Opava and Moravice Rivers.
The former Royal City has about 57,000 inhabitants. Let us
briefly introduce the history of one of the oldest cities of
the Czech Republic.
The first written mention of a settlement situated at
the crossroads of trade routes comes from 1195;
the foundation of the city is certified in a document from
1224. Opava was very popular with the House of Přemyslid,
and the most famous Czech dynasty founded a mint
here. For centuries the city has thrived and developed
despite countless wars, epidemics, and fires. The 18th and
19th centuries can be considered its most prosperous time.
Opava became the capital of Austrian Silesia, hosted the
congress of the victorious Holy Alliance, and founded
the oldest museum in the current Czech Republic. World
War II left Opava critically damaged: 80 % of the buildings
in the city centre were destroyed. Yet Opava has kept
its historical charms and a range of sites which are now
protected, and it is listed as National Heritage.
Opava is currently a statutory city, a centre for culture,
education and sports in Silesia. It is the home of successful
businesses such as Model Obaly a.s., Mondelez Czech
Republic s.r.o., Teva Pharmaceuticals CR, s.r.o. and others.
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