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Cieszyn / Cesky Tesin, Poland, Czech

April 29th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

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Cieszyn (German: Teschen; Czech: Těšín) is a town in southern Poland with 37,300 inhabitants (1995), situated in the Silesian Voivodship and seat of powiat of Cieszyn (since 1999), previously in Bielsko-Biała Voivodship (1975-1998). Cieszyn lies on the Olza, a tributary of the Oder river, opposite Český Těšín (49.75° N 18.5833° E). The town combines both Polish and Austrian peculiarities in the style of its buildings. Because of several major fires and subsequent reconstructions (the last one in the late 18th century), the picturesque old town is sometimes called Little Vienna. The only relic of the ancient castle is a square tower, dating from the 12th century and 10th century romanesque chapel.

Český Těšín (Polish: Czeski Cieszyn) is a town in the northeastern Czech Republic, on the Olza river, in Moravian-Silesian Region.

Today Poles comprise a minority in Český Těšín, with about 15% of town's population, although the real number is a little higher. This number is historically lowering cause of continuing assimilation. There are no ethnic tensions between Czechs and Poles, signs of xenophobia or ethnic hatred are not known. In the past they were rather rare. The town is an important Polish culture center of Zaolzie. There are Polish elementary school [2] and gymnasium [3] in the town. Theatre of Český Těšín [4] [5] has a Polish and Czech actor groups. The plays are in Polish and Czech language. Some of the actors in Polish plays are from Cieszyn. The town is a centre of commerce and paper industry.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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