Dolní Břežany

Dolní Břežany lies on the southern outskirts of the capital city of Prague, on a hill overlooking the Vltava River and the Zalužanka Stream (Břežanský Stream) that flows through the village. The location of the place is suggested by the name of Břežany, which meant the village of people living on the shore. Until the end of the 20th century, Dolní Břežany was a common agricultural village in Central Bohemia, which had about a thousand inhabitants. Under socialism the historical centre of the village was completely neglected and the population stagnated and even dropped in the 1980s. The overall appearance of the village did not improve much after 1989, when privatizations and restitution took place. The land was changed by the landowners, the developers bought large tracts of land. The result was dramatic urban development of the village with a sharp increase in the number of inhabitants moving from Prague to the countryside for a higher quality of life and a healthier environment. However, with the increasing number of inhabitants, demands on the village increased. Citizens needed to provide adequate services and infrastructure. Dolní Břežany is today a modern and attractive place for life and has undergone a fundamental change in recent years. The management of the village has long been worked to cultivate public space and places emphasis on architectural and urban aspects when implementing new projects.