|• Mayor||Adam Andrzej Zarzycki|
|• Total||1.67 km2 (0.64 sq mi)|
|• Density||990/km2 (2,600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Area code(s)||+48 91|
Cedynia [t͡sɛˈdɨɲa] (German: Zehden) is a town in Poland, in West Pomeranian Voivodeship, in Gryfino County. It lies close to the Oder River, near the border with Germany, and is the westernmost town in Poland. (Osinów Dolny lies 6 km even further to the west, right on the German border, but is classified as a village.) It has 1,639 inhabitants (2006).
The town is situated directly across the Oder River from the German town of Oderberg. A Communist-era monument to first historically recorded battle of Poland was erected in the town after Second World War.
According to the Cedynia website, the "Name of city appears in documents under oldest written records already in the year 972 as Cidini, in 1187 as Zedin and Cedene, in 1240 as Ceden. "
In 972, the first historically recorded battle, Battle of Cedynia, of the first duke of the Polans took place at this location on June 24. At this battle, duke Mieszko I of Poland and his brother Czcibor defeated Hodo I, the German margrave of the Northern March and Lusatia. Information about this battle is found in the Gall Anonim Chronicle and the Thietmar Chronicle. This was one of Mieszko's and his son Boleslaw I's numerous battles, that they took up in their conquests and conquest attempts in several neighboring countries, soon after they received positions as dukes.
Because of the victory Mieszko of the Polans gained access for the first time in 972 to the Oder River going north into the Baltic Sea and to some parts of the land, later called Pomerania. Under Boleslaw I the name Poland was for the first time used. Boleslaw and successors conquered Pomerania temporarily a few more times. From 1181 until 1806 Duchy of Pomerania was an integral part of the Holy Roman Empire.
In 1252 the town of became a part of the Margraviate of Brandenburg and in 1278 the Cistercians erected a cloister for females there, which was secularized after the Reformation. During wars in the 17th century the town was destroyed by Swedes. In 1701 it became a part of the Kingdom of Prussia, (previously Brandenburg-Prussia), then after dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire it became part of the German Empire in 1871. In 1945 after World War II the town along with all of eastern Germany including eastern Brandenburg, was handed over to Poland.
- Zehden is 30 miles N/E of Berlin on 1882 map of Brandenburg
- Official town website
- Map via mapa.szukacz.pl
- Polish site with early spellings of town name
- Jewish Community in Cedynia on Virtual Shtetl