Last modified: 2005-08-11 by jarig bakker
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Thanks to its favourable position, Holany was a market centre and sources label it as a town in spite of the fact that its population never grew much above five hundred. Its decline to a village took place due to the fall off in its markets after the construction of new roads at the start of the 19th century, and in 1863 it was destroyed by fire. Its inhabitants earned their livings through handicrafts, farming (in the main hops for export), fishpond cultivation and fruit growing.
The history of the municipality includes a peasant uprising in 1680. During the time of the pre-Munich threats to the Republic, on August 28th 1938 the antifascist ceremony of fraternity between Czechs and Germans was held here, the importance of which went beyond the municipality’s borders.
There is an architecturally important Baroque church dating from 1785
and in the near surroundings are a whole range of picturesque strongholds
and small castles in poor state of repair but with rich histories: Milčany,
Rybnov, Jiljov, Vřísek, Vítkovec and Chudý Hrádek. In this exceptionally
attractive environment, cultural events with musical and literary programmes
lasting several days are held every year, such as ‘Holany Spring’ and the
country music festival ‘Holany Carp’, now in its seventeenth year.
Source: this site.
Jarig Bakker, 18 Jul 2005
Description: A silver crenellated wall on a blue background with two silver towers, each with two rectangular windows, one above the other and red pointed roofs with golden cupolas. Between the towers, a linden tree in natural colours.