Last modified: 2002-03-23 by jarig bakker
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The ancient town of Jihlava is one of the historic gems of the Czech
Republic. It was founded in the period 1237 - 1239 by Wenceslas I, upon
the discovery of silver lodes in the local ore. Downtown Jihlava is comprised
of well-preserved houses of all period and styles dating as far back as
the 14th and 15th centuries. In 1982, the historic heart of Jihlava - consisting
of 582 buildings with 214 cultural artifacts of monumental value, thereof
70 monuments of 1st category - was declared a municipal historic preserve.
Surrounded by more than 3 km of ancient walls, the historic heart of Jihlava
is gradually regaining its original appearance, thanks to gradual restoration
of individual structures. Jihlava today is an important administrative,
commercial, industrial, and cultural center for the territory situated
in the Northwest part of Southern Moravia. Upon the enactment of the amended
constitutional law on independent organizational territories, already approved,
Jihlava is to become the capital of the future region. Population of Jihlava
51 638. Population of the Jihlava District 108 906 (as of Dec. 31, 1999).
Source: The Jihlava homepage.
Jarig Bakker, 7 Jul 2001