Poland

Bogatynia

Bogatynia is a town in the Lower Silesian Voivodeship, near Zgorzelec. The town is an interesting cultural resort. The events like the Karbonalia and the Tournament of Liars attract many tourists every year.

 

Bogatynia TOURISM

Bogatynia may boast of many monuments. While in Bogatynia, you ought to see the town’s urban arrangement from the 18th century, the Sztacheta community centre, the church complex built in the 1860s, then-Evangelical church (and current Roman-Catholic parish of St. Peter and Paul) from the 18th century as well as the Markocice palace and farm complex from the turn of the 19th century.
Bogatynia is also a cultural centre. For many years Koziolek Matolek (Matolek the Billy-Goat, a fictional character of Polish comic books and cartoons) Tournament of Liars has been held here. It is a unique contest on which the participants try to say the most absurd or believable lie. Moreover, the Karbonalia contest has been organised here for a few years.

 

GEOGRAPHY

Bogatynia is a town in the south-west of Poland, in Zgorzelec County. It lies in Turoszowska Valley, neighbouring south with Graniczny Wierch (616 metres above sea level) and north with Wynioslosc Dzialoszynska (340 metres above sea level). Bogatynia has the area of approximately 60 km² and is inhabited by 18 894 people.
Bogatynia is one of the richest communes in Poland. Within its area Turow Brown Coal Mine and Turow Power Plant operate; they both provide workplaces for about 5.5 thousand people.

 

HISTORY

Bogatynia was founded in the 13th century as a Lusatian settlement named Richnow. The first records about the place come from 1262. Since then until the 17th century it remained under the reigns of Czechs.
Due to its convenient location in the trade route between Dresden and Swidnica Bogatynia was developing very fast. Unfortunately, the development was impeded and the village itself destroyed by the Hussites.
In 1635 Bogatynia together with the whole Lusatia was taken by Saxony, which made the village develop again. It became a weaving and craft centre – in the 18th century thanks to the handicraft weaving it was already a rich region.
By the end of the Second World War Bogatynia was a part of Zittau, Saxony’s District. Light industry and brown coal mining developed here. 1945 it was joined to Poland and German population were displaced abroad. At first the town carried the name Rychwald, but it was soon changed into Bogatynia.
In 2010, as a result of the second great flood in Poland, Bogatynia was completely flooded and destroyed.

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