Regional capital: Jihlava
The Vysocina (“Highlands”) Region takes its name from the highland area of Ceskomoravska vysocina (Bohemian-Moravian Highlands) that forms the natural border betweenthe historical lands of Bohemia and Moravia. Vysocina is a landscape of rolling hills, low mountain ranges (800 metres above sea level) and villages clustered around small towns of three to nine thousand inhabitants. There are four towns with a population over 20.000 and the regional capital Jihlava has 50.000 inhabitants. Located on the historical border between Bohemia and Moravia, Jihlava used to be a silver mining town – the oldest,and one of the richest in the mediaeval Bohemia (www.jihlava.cz). Vysocina Region forms the centre of the country’s transport network and is traversed by the D1 motorway. In terms of economic catchment areas, the region’s eastern part belongs to the Brno agglomeration and the north-west to the national capital Prague. This strategic location has attracted many foreign investors in the manufacturing as well as research and development sectors. The region’s historical heritage includes three UNESCO World Heritage Sites (the historic centre of Telc, the Pilgrimage Church of Saint John of Nepomuk at Zelena Hora near Zdar nad Sazavou, and the Jewish Quarter and Saint Procopius’s Basilica in Trebic). Natural sites include the Zdarske vrchy (Zdar Hills) and Zelezne hory (Iron Mountains) Proctected Landscape Areas and the Mohelno Serpentinite Steppe and Velky Spicak National Nature Reserevs. Clean natural environment makes Vysocina and “island of health” between the Prague, Brno and Vienna agglomerations. Vysocina is good place to live and work in, to do businnes or just to relax and explore.
Zelena Hora near Zdar nad Sazavou
The Pilgrimage Church of Saint John of Nepomuk dates back to the 1720s. Constructed on a star-shaped plan and surrounded by a cemetry and a cloister, the church is one of the finest works by the architect Jan Blazej Santini and the most orignal example of the so-called Baroque Gothic.
Telc historic centre
The town was rebuilt on its old foundations after a fire in the late 14th century. Today the Renaissance and Baroque burghers’s houses are still protected by a system of man-made ponds. The Gothic castle was rebuilt in the Renaissance style at the end of the 15th century.
Saint Procopius’ Basilica was built in the mid-13th century in a transitional Romanesque-Gothic style. The church is an architectural jewel. The completely preserved Jewish quarter with over 120 houses and narrow alleys represents the original ground plan of a ghetto wedged between the Jihlava River and Hradek Hill.