Otázka: My town: Uherské Hradiště
The town Uherske Hradiste is situated on the river Moravia in the middle of wine growing region, protected from the west by the forested sloes of the Chriby hills and on the east by the ridge (hřebenem) of the White Carpatians. The town has an interesting history, a great number of monuments (památky), rich cultural traditions, the closeness (blízkosti) of attractive tourist spots and beautiful countryside (krásná příroda)
In the 13th century this area was a target (cílem) of frequent enemy rides. The Czech king Premysl Otakar II founded a new city called first the New Velehrad, later Hradiste (fortress – pevnost) and finally Uherske Hradiste (fortress against Hungarian rides). The new town has granted many privileges and became an important center of the Moravian Slovakia. The new inhabitants came from two nearby market villages, Stare Mesto and Kunovice, that is why the new town had two squares connected by Middle Street – Prostredni street. Each of the villages had its own market at its own square. In the 15th century the town was encircled (obehnáno) with stone walls. The city fortification system (systém městského opevnění) consisted of an inner (vnitřní) stone wall with seven towers and three gates – Staromestska gate – at the end of Vodni street and Kunovice gate – at the end of Havlicek Street. The third gate was a rear (zadní) gate and it has been preserved until present – it is Matthias Gate near the railroad station and our school building.
Places of interest
We can visit the first square called Masaryk square with its original Jesuit church with dormitory (koleje) and seminary school buildings, can see the baroque fountain, complex of burgher (měšťanské) houses the best known of which is the former (bývalý) Golden Lion hotel, a baroque pharmacy Golden Crown and the renaissance building of the Fojta Hotel, recently reopened and rebuild as U slunce.
The second square is called Marianske – St. Mary´s square, it is dominated by a plague column build as gratitude for avoiding the plague epidemic. The old houses were mostly hotels, for example the Green tree hotel, the Golden Sun hotel and the Black Bear hotel. There is a Franciscan church (Františťánský kostel) which was part of the Franciscan monastery complex. (Františťánský kláštěrní complex).
The Palacky square was originally located behind the Kunovice gate (Kunovická brána) outside the town. It was a marketplace (tržiště) on the way to Hungary, later in the 20th century a bus stadion, today a car park and small city park.
There are few museums in UH, the biggest one is Slovacke museum located at the former building of Na strelnici restaurant. The Slovacke museum Gallery was originally a baroque armoury, later a hospital and post office. The town has two theatres, Slovacke including Mala scena and Hoffman theatre. There are two cinemas, many restaurants, hotels, discos, shops and boutiques.
The town is home to a football club 1. FC Slovácko, which plays in the Czech First League at the Městský fotbalový stadion Miroslava Valenty. The town also has an ice rink with a capacity of 1,500 visitors, which is home to HC Uherské Hradiště playing the 2nd Czech ice hockey league.
Culture and traditions
Uherské Hradiště is the centre of the cultural region of Moravian Slovakia, which is known for its characteristic folklore, music, costumes, traditions and production of wine.
Uherské Hradiště is known for its film festival named Summer Film School (Letní filmová škola).
We have a few primary schools and a few secondary schools here. The building of the former (bývalého) German grammar school in the former (bývalých) Jesuit gardens (Jezuitský park) was built in 1869 and since 1918 it has been a secondary school od economy studies, today´s Business Academy. The grammar school (gymnázium) was the first Czech language secondary school in the Moravian Slovakian region. Today it is the largest school complex in the district (v okrese). The former Palace of justice (bývaly justiční palác) was a regional court (soud) building later a prison, today a seat of the Secondary arts and crafts school (umělecko-průmyslová škola). Local library, called Bedrich Benes Buchlovan library, is situated in a beautiful building of the former Jewish synagogue and has many departments (oddělení) and provides many services to students and the city population.
Prostedni street is a busy shopping area today. We can see a few old buildings there, especially the former Town Hall with clock tower.
We can do our grocery shopping at Hypernova, Albert, Tesco or Kaufland chain stores. Some new shopping places are being built along Malinovsky street.
Big shopping centre is situated in the neighbouring town Stare Mesto where are shops with clothes, food, cosmetics, pet stores, household goods, sporting goods, furniture.
Uherske Hradiste has a bus station and a train station with a good connection to Brno and Prague. The Nadrazni street was originally called Royal street.
Uh. Hradiste has a large hospital, policlinic and many private medical facilities (zařízení) providing a good medical care.
S tématem souvisí otázka „Zlín region“:
Do you know any company in our region where you would like to work and where you could use knowledge gained at our school?
- I can work in office, banks, local authority, economic department.
What could you do there, which skills do you need for administrative work?
- With my knowledge from school I can work as an accountant. Every company needs an accountant. In Uherské Hradiště there are many companies which are looking for an accountant. I also can work as a secretary in the economic department.
Which institutions or companies in Uherské Hradiště provide administrative positions?
- Komerční banka, Mova UH, Statement s. r. o. and a many others. The local authorities in my village is also a way to gain experience.
Would you like to work for any of them? Why yes/ why not?
- Personally, I don’t want to go to work yet. I want to continue my studies to gain more knowledge in my branch. But the work in administration is, in my opinion, similar in all companies. Working at a local authority is great in that it’s close to my home and the environment is more familiar than in a common business.
What is common office equipment?
- A common example of office equipment is a desktop computer setup, which consists of the computer tower, monitor, keyboard, and mouse. The computer likely has several important pieces of business software installed, such as Microsoft Word and Excel, and is probably connected to the internet via an ethernet cable or WiFi access point. Other examples of office equipment include printers and copiers, postage machines, telephones, and office furniture.
What are necessary skills for work in the office? Which subjects at school helped you to gain them?
- I think the most helpful thing I learned in school is typing with all ten fingers. When working as an accountant, of course I need knowledge of the subject of accounting. For secretarial or administrative work, I need to be able to write business letters, so I will use the knowledge from the subject of written and electronic communication.