Pieszyce [pʲɛˈʂɨt͡sɛ] (German: Peterswaldau) is a town in Dzierżoniów County, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, in south-western Poland. It is the seat of the administrative district (gmina) Gmina Pieszyce.

Pieszyce
Panorama of Pieszyce with the church of St. Anthony
Panorama of Pieszyce with the church of St. Anthony
Coat of arms of Pieszyce
Pieszyce is located in Poland
Pieszyce
Pieszyce
Pieszyce is located in Lower Silesian Voivodeship
Pieszyce
Pieszyce
Coordinates: 50°43′N 16°35′E / 50.717°N 16.583°E / 50.717; 16.583Coordinates: 50°43′N 16°35′E / 50.717°N 16.583°E / 50.717; 16.583
Country Poland
Voivodeship Lower Silesian
CountyDzierżoniów
GminaPieszyce
Town rights1962
Government
 • MayorDorota Konieczna-Enözel
Area
 • Total17.72 km2 (6.84 sq mi)
Population
 (2019-06-30[1])
 • Total7,123
 • Density400/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code(s)+48 74
License platesDDZ
Websitehttp://www.pieszyce.pl/

GeographyEdit

It is situated in the historic Lower Silesia region on the northern slopes of the Owl Mountains, approximately 5 kilometres (3 mi) southwest of Dzierżoniów, and 56 kilometres (35 mi) southwest of the regional capital Wrocław.

As of 2019, the town has a population of 7,123.

HistoryEdit

The Waldhufendorf settlement in the Duchy of Silesia, one of the duchies of fragmented Poland, was first mentioned in a 1250 deed. The first church was built in the 13th century.[2] In 1291 it fell with the lands of Świdnica to the Silesian Duchy of Jawor, which upon the death of Duke Bolko II the Small in 1368 was ruled by the Kings of Bohemia.

From the 16th century onwards, Peterswaldau developed as a centre of weaving. The Lords of Perswaldau had a castle erected in 1617, which was rebuilt in a Baroque style in 1710. The Polish-Saxon cabinet minister Erdmann II of Promnitz acquired the estates in 1721 and gained the privilege to fabricate woven goods by Emperor Charles VI.

With most of Silesia, Peterswaldau was annexed from Habsburg-ruled Bohemia by Prussia after the First Silesian War in 1742. In 1765 the lordship passed to Count Christian Frederick of Stolberg-Wernigerode, whose descendants held the estates until their expulsion in 1945. The social hardship of the population in the course of the 19th century industrialisation was perpetuated by the famous Silesian author Gerhart Hauptmann in his play The Weavers, which is set in Peterswaldau. From 1871 the village was part of Germany and in 1945, after Nazi Germany's defeat in World War II, it became again part of Poland. It was granted town rights in 1962. From 1975 to 1998 Pieszyce was in Wałbrzych Voivodeship.

SightsEdit

The most significant historic landmarks of the town are:[2]

  • Pieszyce Castle complex
  • Saint James church
  • Saint Anthony church

Notable peopleEdit

Twin towns – sister citiesEdit

See twin towns of Gmina Pieszyce.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Population. Size and structure and vital statistics in Poland by territorial division in 2019. As of 30th June". stat.gov.pl. Statistics Poland. 2019-10-15. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
  2. ^ a b "Zabytki gminy Pieszyce". UM Pieszyce (in Polish). Retrieved August 12, 2019.

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