Usti nad Orlici, town, where I was born and I live, lies in a gorgeous region of Podorlicko on the confluence of rivers Ticha Orlice and Trebovka. Many beauties of nature and historical points of interest can be found in its neighbourhood. Also the actual town Usti nad Orlici is rich in traditions, which featured an external face of town. The historical town centre has been proclaimed a town's conservation zone since 1991.

Origins of the town can be found in the second half of the 13th century. First written mention of Usti nad Orlici comes from year 1285. In following centuries, the town was owned by Zbraslav's monastery, Litomysl's bishopric, by the House Kostkove of Postupice, by the House Pernstejnove and since the year 1622 by the House of Lichtenstejnove. Original natural administrative centre in a near fortified castle Lansperk was transferred to Lanskroun in the 16th century where it outlasted until mid 19th century. Already in this time, thanks to abilities of inhabitants of Usti nad Orlici, the town came in for a reputation of skilled textile workmen and able musicians. An important impulse to the town's was a construction and start of the railway operation from Olomouc to Prague in the year 1845. A gradual development of textile manufacturing gave the town a nickname "east-bohemian Manchester" as one of the most important centres of textile undertaking.

As a piece of evidence of above mentioned town's inhabitants love to music can serve an old, until today used saying "everybody in Usti can play violin". Famous local families of musicians, great musical personages lead by a legendary violin virtuoso Jaroslav Kocian and also today's face of local cultural life contributed to the town's musical fame.

Usti nad Orlici

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