Saturday, September 18, 2010

Uherské Hradiště


The tiny city of Uherské Hradiště is a little gem with a very long history. Located in southern Moravia, about 25 km southwest of Zlín, it was settled several millenia before Christ.  The oldest remaining structures date from the 15th century A.D.  It was officially founded as a Czech city in 1257, although it had served as an important fortress in the great Moravian Empire (9th and 10th centuries A.D.)  Like many places in Eastern and Central Europe, it has a beautiful Jewish Synagogue that now serves a different purpose than its builders had originally intended; sadly, there aren’t enough Jews left here to maintain a synagogue. The pink building in a nearby picture was once the town's synagogue, but is now a lovely library.  There are hundreds of beautiful towns and cities like this one all over the Czech Republic.

We spent a day earlier this month exploring this city. It provides a cameo of Czech history and culture; it is a beautiful place with a long history of struggle and oppression. It’s people are intimately connected to this history, making them strugglers, too.

Ancient City Wall

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