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Moravian-Silesian Region Official Travel Guide

Opava

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Opava is a draw for tourists. It is perfect for history and monument enthusiasts, as well as for those who enjoy combining travel with sports activities. Opava is a city through which history literally flowed.
It was located on the strategic Amber Trail merchant's route. This means that, at the beginning of the common era, this city too flowed with amber, honey, and slaves from the north to the south. Meanwhile, products from Mediterranean workshops travelled in the opposite direction.

If it turns out the remains beneath the floors of the Church of the Holy Spirit really are those of Nicholas II and other Přemyslids, it will mean a unique and largely unexpected discovery by today’s archeologists. To date, it has become clear that what lies beneath the church truly is a medieval era burial ground, so it is possible the remains of members of the Přemyslid dynasty lie there, as well.

The tale of the Přemyslids still needs to be unravelled. Other tales set in Opava demonstrate the strength of this city. One of these is the 200-year-old story of when leaders of European countries met in Opava at the so-called Opava Congress to discuss the future of Europe. In attendance was the Russian czar Alexander I, who had the opportunity get to know Opava and nearby Hradec nad Moravicí, as well.

The city is the birthplace of the author of the stories about Elsa the lioness: writer Joy Adamson, as well
as that of Petr Bezruč. Brilliant scientist Johann Gregor Mendel studied at the local grammar school, Ludwig van Beethoven stayed here, and architect Leopold Bauer constructed buildings here. The Silesian Museum, which has called Opava home since 1814, is the oldest in the Czech Republic.

History is infused into many buildings, whether they are churches, schools, burgher palaces, or shopping centres. Opava is rightfully called the "White Pearl of Silesia" And what's more is that its original beauty prevails in the city today. It is a pleasant place to live and an easygoing city full of greenery, parks, and squares—simply the perfect place for an excursion or holiday.

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