Ostrava has always been lucky to have inhabitants, who liked to make things a little bit their own way, but with imagination and good taste. A very good example were even the mammoth hunters from Landek more than 25 thousand years ago and their unique carved out statue of Venus. The founder of the city, Bishop Bruno of Schauenburg, was proved to be a visionary as well when he built a huge square for its time in the second half of 13th century, which is still the heart of Ostrava. In the middle ages and the early modern period was the flourishing of the town several times harshly interrupted and yet a sleepy village started to develop to the fullest during the industrial revolution in the 19th century. It was The Rothschilds, The Gutmanns, The Vondráček Family and other industrialists have made Ostrava the real Ostrava with all pros and cons.
After the establishment of Czechoslovakia in 1918, another figure appeared, which gave a new impulse to the city, appeared - Jan Prokeš. A Long-time Mayor of Ostrava built a number of public buildings, including the iconic New City Hall. However, the promising period was ended by the Second World War. After 1945 and after The Winning February, the city experienced another stage of development, this time often at the expense of the quality of life of people from Ostrava. After the Velvet Revolution, Ostrava had to deal with the decline of industry and other economical and social problems. However, thanks to the wide range of the creation or restoration of tourist attractions, the rich offer of cultural and social activities and many architectural gems is Ostrava recently is becoming a more popular tourist destination.