Pyrzyce [pɨˈʐɨt͡sɛ] (German: Pyritz, Kashubian: Përzëca), is a town in Pomerania, north-western Poland, with 13,331 inhabitants (2007).

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Flag of Pyrzyce
Coat of arms of Pyrzyce
Coat of arms
Pyrzyce is located in West Pomeranian Voivodeship
Pyrzyce is located in Poland
Coordinates: 53°8′N 14°53′E / 53.133°N 14.883°E / 53.133; 14.883
Country Poland
Voivodeship West Pomeranian Voivodeship
CountyPyrzyce County
GminaGmina Pyrzyce
 • MayorMarzena Podzińska
 • Total39 km2 (15 sq mi)
 • Total13,331
 • Density340/km2 (890/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Car platesZPY

Capital of the Pyrzyce County in West Pomeranian Voivodeship (since 1999), previously in Szczecin Voivodeship (1975–1998).


Medieval town walls

An anonymous medieval document of about 850, called Bavarian Geographer, mentions the tribe of Prissani having 70 strongholds (Prissani civitates LXX). In the early 12th century, the town was part of Poland, then, as a result of the fragmentation of Poland, it was part of the Duchy of Pomerania.

The settlement was first mentioned in 1124 by bishop Otto von Bamberg, who baptized the first Pomeranians here.[1] Throughout the German Ostsiedlung the oldest church was built in 1250, an Augustinian cloister in 1256 and a monastery of the Franciscan order in 1281.

In 1263 the town received Magdeburg law. By the Contract of Pyritz of March 26, 1493 the Dukes of Pomerania recognized the right of succession of the House of Brandenburg. A large fire destroyed almost the whole town in 1496. Pyritz was the first town in Pomerania to implement the Lutheran Reformation in 1524.[2]

In 1634, during the Thirty Years' War, it was again largely destroyed by a conflagration. After the death of the last Pomeranian Duke in 1637, the Swedes took over the town. In 1653 the town became part of the Brandenburg-Prussian province of Pomerania following the Peace of Westphalia (1648) and the Treaty of Stettin (1653), along within the rest of Farther Pomerania.

In 1818, the town became the seat of the district administration (Kreis Pyritz) and was connected to the railway system in 1882. As part of Prussia the town was located in unified Germany of 1871.

At the end of World War II the Soviet Red Army conquered the town during the Pomeranian Offensive. Bombardment of Pyritz by Soviet artillery began on February 1, 1945, and achieved maximum intensity on February 27, when attacks by heavy artillery destroyed the old town.[3] Following the post-war boundary changes, Pyrzyce became part of Poland; the local population was expelled and replaced by ethnic Poles.

Number of inhabitants by yearEdit

Historic architecture of Pyrzyce (examples), from top, left to right: Saint Maurice and the Assumption of Mary church, town walls with the Szczecin Gate, Our Lady of Sorrows church, post office
Year Number[2][4][5][6][7]
1740 2,095
1782 2,122
1791 2,323
1794 2,325
1812 2,855
1816 3,126
1831 4,151
1843 4,704
1852 5,795
1861 6,501
1875 7,442
1880 8,123
1890 8,247
1905 8,600
1925 9,085
1933 10,084
1936 approx. 10,800
1939 11,287
1960 5,500
1970 8,800
1980 11,600
2000 13,200
2007 13,331

Famous peopleEdit

A view of Pyrzyce's Town Hall in 2006.

Twin townsEdit

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 53°08′N 14°53′E / 53.133°N 14.883°E / 53.133; 14.883


  1. ^ Jan M. Piskorski, Pommern im Wandel der Zeiten, 1999, pp. 36 ff., ISBN 83-906184-8-6 OCLC 43087092
  2. ^ a b Michael Rademacher: Deutsche Verwaltungsgeschichte Provinz Pommern, Kreis Pyritz (2006).
  3. ^ Helge Bei der Wieden and Roderich Schmidt, Handbuch der historischen Stätten Deutschlands, Vol. 12: Mecklenburg/Pommern (= Kröners Taschenausgabe, Vol. 315), Kröner, Stuttgart 1996, ISBN 3-520-31501-7, pp. 254–256
  4. ^ Gustav Kratz: Die Städte der Provinz Pommern - Abriß ihrer Geschichte, zumeist nach Urkunden. Berlin 1865, p. 317.
  5. ^ Gunthard Stübs und Pommersche Forschungsgemeinschaft: Die Stadt Pyritz im ehemaligen Kreis Pyritz in Pommern (2011).
  6. ^ Meyers Konversations-Lexikon. 6th edition, Vol. 16, Bibliographisches Institut, Leipzig and Vienna 1909, p. 481
  7. ^ Christian Friedrich Wutstrack: Kurze historisch-geographisch-statistische Beschreibung des königlich-preußischen Herzogtums Vor- und Hinterpommern. Stettin 1793, see table on p. 736.