Maps of Jeseník - Czech Republic

"Jeseník (Frývaldov until 1948; German: Freiwaldau) is a city and a district in the Olomouc Region of the Czech Republic. From 1938 to 1945 it was one of the municipalities in Sudetenland.

Originally, Jeseník was a German town subordinated to Silesian Wrocław bishop. Original name is Freiwaldau. A source of the name is words of „frei vom Walde“. An adjective of “frei” means „free“, a preposition of “vom” means “from” and a noun genitive of “Walde” means “woods” – all together the name means “Free from Woods” Former Czech name of Frývaldov was a phonetic transcription of a German original (frei=frý, waldau= valdov).

After Second World War the town has been renamed, a reason was strong antigerman tendency. It’s named after surroundings mountains which are called Jeseníky.

Linguistically, “Jeseníky” is a noun in form of plural. Hypothetical singular is just “Jeseník” and this has been chosen as a new name." In: Wikipedia

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© Ales Matejicek (photo) / JENA

© Ales Matejicek (photo) / JENA
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