Lipník nad Bečvou

Lipník nad Bečvou
Town square
Coat of arms
Country Czech Republic
Region Olomouc
District Přerov
Commune Lipník nad Bečvou
River Bečva
Elevation 233 m (764 ft)
Coordinates CZ 49°31′43″N 17°35′8″E / 49.52861°N 17.58556°E / 49.52861; 17.58556Coordinates: CZ 49°31′43″N 17°35′8″E / 49.52861°N 17.58556°E / 49.52861; 17.58556
Area 30.57 km2 (11.80 sq mi)
Population 8,520 (2006-07-03)
Density 279/km2 (723/sq mi)
First mentioned 1238
Mayor Miloslav Přikryl
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 750 02 - 751 31
Location in the Czech Republic
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Lipník nad Bečvou (Czech pronunciation: [ˈlɪpɲiːk ˈnad bɛtʃvou̯]; German: Leipnik) is a small town located in the Olomouc Region, in the eastern part of the Czech Republic. The nearest larger towns are Přerov and Hranice, approximately ten to twelve kilometers (six to eight miles) distant.

The town lies in the vicinity of the castle Helfštýn, at the same level as Moravská Brána, the Moravian Gate (a small pass through the mountains). It is an ancient town with a large square (T.G. Masaryk Square) in the shape of the letter L and very interesting set of sights. For several centuries, Lipnik was an important waypoint on the Amber Road. It was a fortified town, and it still retains a large portion of its medieval walls and towers. There is a ring road that runs around the outside of the ancient walls, with the best view of the walls to be seen from Komenského sady. The town may be proud of the well-established historical centre with a Renaissance town hall, baroque fountains and Renaissance houses with arcades. Just next to the square, St. James´ Parish Church with its unique belltower offers a fine view of the square. The church itself is built in a Baroque style and is highly ornamented inside. In addition, there is a Renaissance palace with a walled garden in the rear, a Piarist monastery with the St.Francis´ Serafín church and a synagogue. A large Jewish minority lived here; two unique cemeteries are the evidence of this.

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