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Lovosice
Town
Coat of arms
Country  Czech Republic
Region Ústí nad Labem
District Litoměřice
Commune Lovosice
River Elbe
Elevation 151 m (495 ft)
Coordinates 50°30′54″N 14°3′3″E / 50.515°N 14.05083°E / 50.515; 14.05083
Area 9.37 km2 (3.62 sq mi)
Population 9,392 (2007-08-27)
Density 1,002 /km2 (2,595 /sq mi)
First mentioned 1143
Mayor Jan Kulhánek
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 410 30
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Wikimedia Commons: Lovosice
Statistics: statnisprava.cz
Website: www.meulovo.cz

Lovosice (pronounced Cs-Lovosice.ogg [ˈlovosɪtsɛ] ), German: Lobositz) is a small town in northern Bohemia, the western part of the Czech Republic.

Geographic coordinates of Lovosice are: latitude 50° 51' and longitude: 14° 05'.

Lovosice is located on the left bank of the Labe (Elbe) River, at the northern border of the Labe lowlands and at the southern foot of Bohemian Highlands (České Středohoří). The closest mountain is Lovoš. The capital Prague is about 60 km towards south.

Lovosice belongs to Ústí nad Labem Region, formerly Litoměřice district.

Lovosice is a surprisingly long and narrow town. This shape gave a reason to Czech, widely used, saying "as long as Lovosice".

Due to its strategic location, Lovosice is a significant transport junction. Beside a cargo port on the Labe River, the town has a great connection to Prague and Germany via highway D8 and high speed railway Prague - Ústí nad Labem - Dresden.

The town is quite industrial with a long tradition of chemical and food-processing factories.

The tower in Lovosice downtown.

History of Lovosice

A region of Lovosice was inhabited already in the Bronze Age. Some evidence indicates that the first Czechs lived right here.

The first mention of Lovosice is from April 12, 1143. The prince Vladislav II gave this small village to the Strahov monastery. Emperor Rudolf II promoted the village to the town on July 4, 1600.

Lovosice was 1756 the site of a major battle between Prussia and the Austrian empire, at the Battle of Lobositz.

During the World War II, Lovosice fell due to the Munich Agreement within a German occupation zone, commonly called Sudetenland. Only 600 Czechs stayed in the town at that time. After the war, when the German population was transferred according to results of the Potsdam Conference.

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