Žatec zhä´tĕts [key], Ger. Saaz, city (1991 pop. 21,422), NW Czech Republic, in Bohemia. It is a center for agricultural trade. Žatec was founded in the 11th cent. The city was captured and burned by the Swedes in 1639, during the Thirty Years War.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.
See more Encyclopedia articles on: Czech Political Geography