Blovice (Czech pronunciation: [ˈblovɪtsɛ]; German: Blowitz) is a town in the Plzeň Region of the Czech Republic. It has about 4,100 inhabitants. It lies on the River Úslava, some 25 kilometres (16 mi) to the South-East from the regional capital of Plzeň.
Town square with town hall
|• Mayor||Robert Zelenka|
|• Total||28.95 km2 (11.18 sq mi)|
|Elevation||387 m (1,270 ft)|
|• Density||140/km2 (370/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
Blovice is also a Municipality with Extended Competence and a Municipality with Commissioned Local Authority within the same borders.
The town is a natural, cultural, geographical and historical centre of the Úslava river valley in the rich southern Bohemia region. It is also the focal point of the Mikroregion Úslava, a union of 15 municipalities located in the immediate area of Blovice.
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The oldest historical discoveries date back to the early Stone Age. The first written word of Blovice is from the year 1284, when a reference was made to the Blovice market associated with the Nepomuk monastery. According to this note, king Wenceslaus II of Bohemia declares that thieves caught in the municipality be tried in court Blovice or the high court Nepomuk, rather than sent to the high court in Prague.
According to written history, Blovice was granted town status in the latter half of the 14th century. Around year 1420, the town was walled to protect from attackers. At this time, the area was ruled by the house Schwanberg. After the death of Bohuslav of Schwanberg, the house of Jaroslav from Javor began its rule of the Blovice province. Beginning with about 1534, Vilém of Netunice invaded the town, driving out the descendants of Jaroslav from Javor.
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