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Coat of arms
Country  Czech Republic
Region Olomouc
District Přerov
River Bečva
Elevation 210 m (689 ft)
Coordinates 49°27′20″N 17°27′4″E / 49.45556°N 17.45111°E / 49.45556; 17.45111
Area 58.50 km2 (22.59 sq mi)
Population 47,373 (2008)
Density 810 /km2 (2,098 /sq mi)
First mentioned 1141
Mayor Jiří Lajtoch
Postal code 750 02
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Wikimedia Commons: Přerov

Přerov (Czech pronunciation: [ˈpr̝̊ɛrof]; German: Prerau) is a town in the Olomouc Region of the Czech Republic where Bečva river goes through. Přerov is a statute town (2006). It has population of about 47,373 to January 2, 2008. Přerov is about 22 km far from Olomouc northwesterly. In history, it was an intersection and the heart of Moravia in the Czech Republic.



The locality settlement dates back to the primeval times. There is a world—renowned prehistoric site from the older stone age on the mound called Hradisko at Přerov Předmostí. The oldest written reference to Přerov dates to 1133 when King Přemysl Otakar gave Přerov the privilege of a royal town in 1256. The mansion of Přerov built in place of the former castle was a residence of influential house, the house of Pernstejn and Žerotín, from which Charles the Older of Žerotín significantly influenced the town. Přerov is called the city of Comenius and Blahoslav, the most significant personalities of the Unity of Brethren as well as of Bohemian culture in the 16th and 17th centuries. The cultural and social life of the city in the 19th century took up traditions of the past, above all, those of the Brethren time. Přerov ranked among the advanced cities of Moravia and contributed to Czech national development. Introducing the railroad in 1841 brought Přerov a quick development of industries and agriculture, above all machine industry, power-plant facilities, hemp industry, brewing and sugar making. Later, the chemical industry as well as production of leatherware and optical devices acceded.

In June 1945, during the expulsion of Germans from Czechoslovakia, 71 men, 120 women and 74 children were killed in a genocide of the German population.[1]

The helicopter air force is situated in Přerov. Currently, Přerov is a social, administrative and cultural centre of the District with developing economics.

The villages Předmostí, Lověšice, Kozlovice, Dluhonice, Újezdec, Čekyně, Henčlov, Lýsky, Popovice, Vinary, Žeravice and Penčice are administrative parts of Přerov.

People of Přerov


  • HC Zubr Přerov - ice hockey club
  • Sokol HC Přerov - handball club
  • Zubr Cup - tennis tournament [2] (Czech)
  • Autoklub Přerov - motor sports club [2] (Czech)

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  1. ^ Prausser, Steffen; Rees, Arfon (December 2004). "The Expulsion of the 'German' Communities at the End of the Second World War, page 18" (PDF). Department of History and Civilization. European University Institute, Florence. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
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