THE KAZIMIERZA WIELKA COUNTY
The Kazimierza county lies in the region that was once the cradle of Polish statehood. In Stradow (Czarnocin commune), remnants of an early mediaeval borough were found, which, together with its suburbia occupied an area of about 25 hectares. In Jakuszowice (Kazimierza Wielka commune), there was a Hun warrior’s bow. Skalbmierz educated Mikolaj Rej and Stanislaw of Skalbmierz – the first rector of the restituted Cracow Academy. Opatowiec, which received civic rights in 1271, was one of the first Polish cities. This long, documented history lies behind the county’s many historic sites.
Some of the buildings to be seen in the county such as, the Parish church in Skalbmierz, the temple in Bejsce and the palace of the Badeni family in Bejsce, have been classified by the historians of art in the highest category of architectural masterpieces. Others, that are impossible to be mentioned in such a short presentation, are the repository of the local culture, part of the grand and charming mosaic of Polish culture.
The county is prevailingly agricultural. The main crops include vegetables, potatoes, white beet and tobacco. Favorable climate, fertile soil, modern farming methods as well as machinery all combine to produce food in plenty. An unpolluted environment presents a wonderful opportunity to produce healthy food. The Kazimierza county is free from heavy industry. There are, however, a lot of small and medium-sized firms bolstering the local economy. The local authorities have prepared an offer for the potential investors who are looking for their businesses. There are premises and development sites to be leased or bought in each commune.
A number of the local companies are looking for partners in business.
We will talk about the architectural heritage in detail, including history and traditions, during the presentation of each commune.
THE KAZIMIERZA WIELKA COMMUNE
Kazimierza Wielka lies in the region that was once the cradle of Poland. This region had the densest population in the middle ages and it was crossed by important trade routes, which has been recently confirmed by archeological excavations in Jakuszowice where a Hun warrior’s richly inlaid iron bow was found. Enormously interesting historical buildings and an unpolluted environment will encourage us to explore the region of Kazimierza Wielka, Its fertile soil are advantageous to the development of agriculture. The commune has a well developed technical infrastructure and an interesting offer for home and foreign investors.
THE SKALBMIERZ COMMUNE
Skalbmierz is a town with a long history. It is in Skalbmierz (in its Collegiate school est. 1309) that two great men of the Polish history were educated – Stanislaw of Skalbmierz, who was the first rector of the restituted Cracow Academy and the father of Polish literature, Mikolaj Rej. Skalbmierz is undoubtedly one of the most beautifully situated towns in the county of Kazimierza Wielka. It is skirted by the Nidzica (a left-bank tribally of the Vistula) on the North with picturesque heights towering above it on the South offering fantastic views of the town. The surroundings of the town are graced with fertile soils (loess and black varieties) and especially mild climate with vegetation period reaching beyond 220 days. This sort of conditions are perfect for the agriculture.
Skalbmierz has a population of about 1500 inhabitants (the whole county has about 8000).
The county is of predominantly agricultural character. 90% of the land is arable. A lot of small trade and service companies have been set up recently.
THE BEJSCE COMMUNE
In Bejsce there are two historical buildings of great importance to the Polish material culture – the Palace of Marcin Badeni, that was designed by the maker of Warsaw’s Belvedere and the Chapel of the Firlej family, a masterpiece of Polish Manierism.
The commune of Bejsce is situated in the south-east part of the county, among gentle hills and ravines. The commune has an area of 5774 hectares and a population of about 5000 inhabitants. It is a farming commune with an enormously interesting cultural heritage, which offers a great opportunity for the development of agro-tourism. There is a hypotherapy park organized by the local Social Security Centre, where one can learn to ride a horse or hire a cart.
THE CZARNOCIN COMMUNE
Czarnocin, which once belonged to the famous historian Jan Dlugosz is famous for its early mediaeval borough in Stradow, a unique archaeological object. The borough occupied a space of about 1,5 square hectares and was surrounded with a high rampart some 500 m long.
The Czarnocin commune is situated among picturesque ravines and heights. In has an interesting cultural heritage – we should mention the gothic church in Czarnocin and the mentioned above mediaeval borough of Stradow. One of the treasures of the land lies in its fertile soils (black and brown varieties) – which is certainly an advantage for the development of agriculture. The commune is fully telephonized and has a water-pipe system on the whole of its territory. The commune is now building a lot of roads.
THE OPATOWIEC COMMUNE
Opatowiec is a place with a thousand-year history. It was visited by kings – Kazimierz the Great and Wladyslaw Jagiello. Until 18th century Opatowiec had three monasteries, but they were later swallowed up by the Vistula. It is here that Marek of Opatowiec (the author of a 15th century Latin textbook) and Wojciech of Opatowiec (king Kazimierz the Great’s diplomat) came from.
Even though there are no surviving historical buildings from the days of Opatowiec’s prosperity, the town fully deserves a visit because of its picturesque situation.
The commune of Opatowiec lies in the southern part of the Malopolska Upland, where the Dunajec flows into the Vistula. It occupies an area of about 684 hectares, the majority of which is agricultural land. The commune has over 4000 inhabitants. Most of them live off farming. It has a well developed road network, a dumping ground in Chwalibogowice and water treatment plant in Krzczonow.
The situation neat both the Vistula and the Dunajec, a spectacular landscape, and numerous historical buildings offer good prospects for the development of agro-tourism.
MAP OF THE KAZIMIERZA WIELKA COUNTY
Starostwo Powiatowe w Kazimierzy Wielkiej
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