Church of Saints Peter and Paul
|Region||Ústí nad Labem|
|• Mayor||Radek Reindl|
|• Total||60.12 km2 (23.21 sq mi)|
|Elevation||320 m (1,050 ft)|
|• Density||110/km2 (270/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
438 01 - 441 01
Podbořany (Czech pronunciation: [ˈpodbor̝anɪ]; German: Podersam) is a town in the Czech Republic in the province of Bohemia. Primarily agricultural, the surrounding area is known for producing hops. Franz Kafka spent several months in convalescence in the nearby village of Siřem after tuberculosis was diagnosed.
The oldest finds of habitation in the area date to Neolithic times. On a nearby hill, Rubin was probably a mythical Slavic settlement, Wogastisburg, which in 631 or 632 was the site of a battle between the Slavs under King Samo and Franks under Dagobert I. The first written mention of the village is from 1369. During the 16th century, the language spoken in the city and the identity of its people slowly switched from Czech to German. Podbořany/Podersam received city rights on 11 November 1575. In 1945/46 the German population of Podersam was expelled. In 1960, Podbořany was annexed to the area Podbořany Louny, and then to Chomutov, Karlovy Vary and Plzeň North, Rakovník.
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