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Jihlava

Explore the town whose history was written in silver.

It is said that once upon a time a potter used to live here and he was very unhappy because his pots kept cracking. He confided in a passing merchant who immediately had a good idea as to what the problem could be. So he bought the potter’s house together with the kiln and indeed – he did find bits of silver in it... We will probably never know if it really happened, but there is one thing certain - a settlement existed here in the 12th century and silver was the main attribute that determined its fate in times to come. Charles’s father acquired Jihlava in 1311 and showered it with privileges. Subsequently, Charles IV raised the importance of the town even further by promoting the Jihlava Mining Court to the Supreme Mining Court, making it a court of appeal for mining towns inside and outside of the Czech Lands. An important moment in its history came in 1436 when the Compacts of Basel were formally announced here. This compromise between the Council of the Roman Catholic Church and Hussites resulted in the end of the lengthy and exhausting Hussite Wars and the Czech Lands and Europe breathed a sigh of relief.

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město Jihlava
Turistické informační centrum - radnice, Masarykovo náměstí 96/2, 586 01 Jihlava

Web: www.jihlava.cz
Tel: +420 567 167 158-9
GPS: 49.3959228, 15.5912947

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