Říčany

 

 

The town of Říčany (German Ritschan) is located in the district of Prague-East, Central Bohemian Region, on the border of the capital city of Prague, about 20 km southeast of its center. Approximately 16,000 people live here. Rokytka and Říčanský stream flow through Říčany, on its course there are Marvánek and Mlýnský rybník ponds in the town. The Říčany railway line 221 passes from Říčany to Benešov. In 2018 and 2019, the quality of life index showed that Říčany is the city with the best quality of life in the Czech Republic.

 

History

According to Hájek's chronicle, the first mention of Říčany relates to the year 748, when the battle for the Říčany court was fought. Another written mention of the village comes from 1289, although the local castle on the rock was founded by the lords of Říčany in the period around 1260.

During the Hussite wars, the castle was conquered and looted by Žižek's soldiers. The Hussites remained in the castle, after their departure it remained the property of the people of Prague and its importance decreased. In the 1980s, it was acquired by the Trčkovás of Lípa and left after 1516. In a report from 1544 it is listed as desolate.

In later years, Říčany became a prosperous town again, but during the Thirty Years' War, the town was almost completely destroyed and some surrounding villages disappeared.

Between 2008 and 2012, the city's population increased by more than 1,500 people and rose from 12,352 to 13,856 inhabitants.

After the municipal elections held in the autumn of 2014, Vladimír Kořen from the Quiet City group continued to act as mayor. The deputy mayors are Zdeněk Hraba and Hana Špačková elected for the same movement.