Usedom (German: Usedom, Polish: Uznam) is a Baltic Sea island in Pomerania, divided since 1945 between Germany and Poland. It is the second biggest Pomeranian island after Rügen.
It is located north of the Szczecin Lagoon, the estuary of the River Oder. About 80% of the island belongs to the German district of Vorpommern-Greifswald in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The eastern part and largest town on the island, Świnoujście (German: Swinemünde), are part of the Polish West Pomeranian Voivodeship. The island's total area is 445 square kilometres (172 square miles), over 80% of which belongs to Germany. Its population is 76,500 (Germany: 31,500; Poland: 45,000).
With an annual average of 1906 sunshine hours, Usedom is the sunniest region of Germany and Poland, and the sunniest island in the Baltic.
The island has been a tourist destination since the Gründerzeit in the 19th century and is famed for its resort architecture. Seaside resorts include Zinnowitz and the Amber Spas in the west, the Kaiserbad and Świnoujście in the east. Read article …
Village church in Trzebawie
Trzebawie [tʂɛˈbavjɛ] (German Altenfließ) is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Węgorzyno, within Łobez County, West Pomeranian Voivodeship, in north-western Poland. It lies approximately 9 kilometres (6 mi) west of Węgorzyno, 17 km (11 mi) south-west of Łobez, and 58 km (36 mi) east of the regional capital Szczecin, near the eastern shore of the 9.5-kilometre-long Wothschwiensee.
Until the Germans were expelled in 1945, the village had been called Altenfließ for centuries. By no later than the late 13th century Altenfließ was a fief of the ancient noble (Uradel) family of Wedel. In the early 14th century, Oldenvlete, belonged to a branch of this family, who had their seat in Mellen and who also owned Silligsdorf.
In 1713, Altenfließ was sold to a Matthias von Pritz, but was acquired by Colonel Carl Friedrich von Wedel in 1757 and thus returned to the House of Wedel. From 1854, discussions with the authorities took place, because Altenfließ was run as a manorial estate, without meeting the minimum size for one of 1,000 morgens in accordance with a Royal Decree of 1825. This question was not resolved until 1861.
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