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Beroun okres, Central Bohemian region
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by Blas Delgado Ortiz, 21 Aug 2001
Adopted 23 Nov 1995
Nižbor municipality flag
Image after Petr Exner's Vexilologický Lexikon prapory obcí ČR (1995)
- Nižbor, Beroun district, Central Bohemian region - adopted 23 Nov 1995.
The municipality of Nižbor lies northwest from the city of Beroun in
the Berounka river valley.
Other settlements incorporated in the region include Stradonice and
Žloukovice. Population: Nižbor - 1147, Stradonice - 136, Žloukovice - 150.
Municipal seal: a royal crown adorned by a castle, the wavy banks of the
Berounka, and an oak sprig symbolizing the oak forests which originally
covered the area. THE HISTORY OF NIŽBOR - at the beginning of the 16th
century, Ota of Los received permission from King Vladislav to build a
new iron foundry. Around the foundry arose the dwellings of the workers,
which laid the foundations for the town of Nové Hutí, later renamed Nižbor.
CULTURAL MONUMENTS AND DISTINGUISHED FIGURES OF NIŽBOR - the major town
landmark is Nižbor Chateau, originally a royal Early Gothic castle founded
on a promontory overlooking the Berounka by King Přemysl Otakar II. From
1720 - 1724, the castle was renovated as a chateau. Over the years, the
entire building has suffered considerable damage due to poor maintenance.
Distinguished figures associated with the district include Bedřich Smetana,
singer Gabriela Roubalová, and physician Emerich Maixner who was born here.
Another local landmark is the observatory with its cupola. The building
was constructed at the intersection of the 14th longitudinal and 50th latitudinal
lines. NIŽBOR TODAY - during the summer months Nižbor is a popular recreational
center, there is a public campground here, and a number of hiking trails
leading from the town to Křivoklát and Lány.
Info from this
Nižbor Coat of Arms
image from this site, located
by Jarig Bakker, 10 Sep 2001