Opava is a city in the Moravian-Silesian Region of the Czech Republic.
Opava lies on the river Opava, located to the northwest of Ostrava.
Opava is twinned with Katowice, Poland; Kearney, United States; Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia; Racibórz, Poland; Roth, Germany Zugló, Hungary & Żywiec, Poland.
Opava is one of the historical centres of Silesia. It was the historical capital of Czech Silesia.
Opava was first documented in 1195. The first mention of Magdeburg city rights came from 1224.
The city’s football club SFC Opava currently plays in the Czech National Football League, the second tier of the Czech football league system.
Opava is made up of eight self-governing boroughs in the suburbs, and of the central part which is administered directly. The city is further divided into 14 administrative parts: Opava, Komárov, Malé Hoštice, Milostovice, Podvihov, Suché Lazce, Vávrovice, Vlaštovičky & Zlatníky.
The estimated population of Opava is 56,834.
Opava is located at 49°56’19″N 17°54’9″E.
The poet Petr Bezruč (1867–1958) was born and is buried in Opava, the founder of modern genetics, J. G. Mendel (1822–1884) studied at the local grammar school.