Opava is a city in the northern Czech Republic on the river Opava, located to the north-west of Ostrava. Those who love modern architecture will surely not leave the following buildings unnoticed: the Chamber of Commerce and Trade, the Breda Department Store and St. Hedwig’s Church – works of Vienna architect Leopold Bauer. Opava can be proud of its plentiful famous personalities who were either born or lived there. Writer Joy Adamson, the father of genetics Johann Gregor Mendel or builder Josef Maria Olbrich rank among the best known ones. The greatest personality related to Opava, though, is regional poet Petr Bezruč. His collection of poems called the Songs of Silesia has been translated into many world languages

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