Záb?eh na Morav?
|o Mayor||Franti?ek John (KDU-?SL)|
|o Total||34.58 km2 (13.35 sq mi)|
|Elevation||285 m (935 ft)|
|o Density||390/km2 (1,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
Villages Dolní Bu?ínov, Hn?vkov, Pivonín and Václavov are administrative parts of Záb?eh.
The name Záb?eh is derived from za b?ehem, meaning behind the riverbank. It is a reference to the nearby Moravská Sázava river.
The town's railway station is named Záb?eh na Morav? (literally Záb?eh in Moravia) to distinguish it from another station called Záb?eh, now part of Dolní Bene?ov in Silesia, therefore the town is sometimes called Záb?eh na Morav?, however its official name is just Záb?eh.
Hohenstadt is its former German name. This name consists of the adjective "hohen" (high) and the noun "stadt" (town). A name with the same meaning is used in Latin sources - "Alta Civitas". The origin of this name is unclear, as the town is situated in lowlands.
About half of the town is situated in the lowlands of the Mohelnická brázda depression and the second half is located on the hillside of Záb?e?ská vrchovina (literally Záb?eh Highlands).
The Moravská Sázava river flows through the south of the town, and an international railway corridor runs along this river.
The town is a part of the Hanakia ethnographic region.
The first note about Záb?eh dates back to 1254, when a man by the name of Sulislav from Záb?eh was mentioned. It is known that the town itself was founded before 1289, because of the name Hohenstadt appearing in sources. This was most likely a fortress around which a plantation began to grow, transforming into a town gradually.
The ownership of Záb?eh can be ascribed to many famous houses of the time. The most famous one and probably the most cruel one was the house of Tunkl. Their ownership of the town dates back to 1442. The house was known for its countless arguments with neighbouring masters and also for its behaviour towards its vassals. However, they rebuilt the fortress and changed it into a castle, they had also a merit in pond foundation around the river Moravská Sázava. The struggle of vassals against their master Ji?í Sr. Tunkl between 1492 and 1494 marked the end of this house. Then the town came under the mastership of the house Tr?kové from Lípa, but only for a little while. The house was replaced by a more powerful one - the Boskovicové.
The town went through a lot during further years. The situation improved in the 18th century, when the castle was rebuilt once again and extended along with a baroque parish church. In the 19th century the Prague-Olomouc railway was built through the town marking Záb?eh as a powerful centre of economy, government and cultural life.
Until 1918, Hohenstadt - Záb?eh (German name only before 1867) was part of the Austrian monarchy (Austria side after the compromise of 1867), head of the district with the same name, one of the 34 Bezirkshauptmannschaften in Moravia. The town was connected to the railway before 1850.
Záb?eh was originally a Czech town with a German minority and a Jewish community. The town became a border town of the linguistic border between German and Czech. In 1880 the town's majority was German-speaking, but after the Czech's successful claim to the whole of Bohemia, the town's majority was Czech-speaking by 1930.
Most Jews were killed during the Nazi occupation, and the Germans were expelled in 1945 after Germany's borders were redrawn by the victorious Allied powers. Abandoned houses were taken over by Czechs from different parts of the country.
Historically Záb?eh was a textile town profiting from its location next to the international railway. Textile companies bankrupted in the 1990s due to former communist administration and cheap Asian competition. Therefore, the west part of the town is occupied by brownfield land which hasn't been revitalized yet and is sporadically used as warehouses, workshops and as recreation space.
Záb?eh is situated in fertile lowland which is used for agricultural production. Maize, wheat, oilseed rape, poppy and fodder plant are grown. A tall silo is situated in outskirt of the town and helps create town panorama.
In the south of the town, next to the railway, a dairy is located. The Olma dairy produces yoghurts, milk, cream, butter and cheese. Its products are known in Czech Republic as well in Slovakia, Poland and Hungary. The owner is Andrej Babi?.
The Sulko factory produces plastic windows and doors. Part of the production is exported to west Europe.
The HDO factory processes zinc alloy.
The Pass company, connected with automotive training school, provides complex truck and cars repair services.
The butchery of Ji?í Rýznar and The Hevos, the kitchen producer and designer, are regionally significant.
U.S.-based Belmont Trading Company operates an eMaterials processing and recycling facility which prepares used mobile devices, computing equipment, and telecom network equipment for resale or recycling.
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