|• Mayor||Jarosław Kielar|
|• Total||12.35 km2 (4.77 sq mi)|
|Elevation||190 m (620 ft)|
|• Density||2,100/km2 (5,400/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Postal code||46-200, 46-203|
|Area code(s)||+48 77|
Kluczbork [ˈklud͡ʐbɔrk] (German: Kreuzburg) is a town in southwestern Poland with 26,670 inhabitants (2003), situated in the Opole Voivodeship. It is the capital of Kluczbork County and an important railroad junction. In Kluczbork the major rail line from Katowice splits into two directions - westwards to Wrocław and northwards to Poznań. It is also connected with Fosowskie.
Archaeologists have determined that settlement existed at the location of present-day Kluczbork by 1000-800 BC. The Scirii and Bastarnae settled in the vicinity and were followed ca. 100 BC by Celts and Vandals. The latter left Silesia ca. 400 AD, allowing West Slavs to settle the region.
In the 13th century the Knights of the Cross with the Red Star acquired territory near Wrocław, including the villages Młodoszów, Kuniów, and Chocianowice. The Knights build q settlement on November 2, 1252. It received Magdeburg rights on February 26, 1253, the official date of foundation for the town. The Knights adjudicated in the town until 1274, when it was administered by a vogt of local Silesian dukes and juries were introduced. Dukes holding sway over the town included Henryk IV Probus (until 1290), Henry III, Duke of Głogów (until 1309), and Konrad I of Oleśnica.
With the Congress of Visegrád (1335), King Casimir III of Poland renounced his rights to Silesia and the town passed to King John I of Bohemia. The town was repeatedly pawned during this time period and received the privileges of a salt market in 1426. From 1480 the town was inhabited by a predominantly Polish-speaking populace. After the death of King Louis II of Hungary and Bohemia at the Battle of Mohács in 1526, Silesia was inherited by the Habsburg Monarchy of Austria.
The textile industry began to grow in importance in 1553, but suffered a fire in 1569. Another great fire destroyed many houses on December 8, 1562.
On January 25, 1588, the day after the Battle of Byczyna, Polish troops under Jan Zamoyski plundered the city. The townspeople accepted the Protestant Reformation in 1656 and converted the local Roman Catholic Church into a Lutheran one. The town passed to the direct control of the Catholic Habsburgs the following year. The town had a population of approximately one thousand inhabitants in 1681.
A fire on April 23, 1737 almost completely destroyed the town, leaving only a few houses and the castle unscathed. Several years of rebuilding passed before it reached its previous size.
Citing an obscure inheritance treaty, King Frederick II of Prussia invaded Silesia in 1740 and began the Silesian Wars. Kreuzburg was annexed by the Kingdom of Prussia in 1741 and became part of the Province of Silesia. The town became part of the German Empire upon the unification of Germany in 1871. It had a predominantly German-speaking population of 5,238 in 1875. The population grew to 8,750 by 1895 and 10,236 by 1900.
Following the Treaty of Versailles after World War I, Kreuzburg was involved in the Upper Silesian referendum in 1921. 95.6% (37,957 votes out of 39,703 participants) voted to remain within Weimar Germany instead of joining the Second Polish Republic. It became part of the Province of Upper Silesia; to differentiate between other places named Kreuzburg, it was known as Kreuzburg O.S. (referring to Oberschlesien, or Upper Silesia). By 1939 the town was the seat of Landkreis Kreuzburg O.S. and had 11,693 inhabitants.
The town was captured by the Soviet Union's Red Army in January 1945 during World War II. Following the war in 1945, became part of Poland again. The Germans remaining in the town fled or were expelled and replaced with Poles.
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- Adam Gdacjusz (1615–1688), parish priest in this city
- Jan Dzierżon (1811–1906), apiarist
- Gustav Freytag (1816–1895), dramatist and novelist
- Moritz Cohn (1844, born here - ?), Jewish Austrian writer
- Walther von Lüttwitz (1859, Bogacica, near this city – 1942)
- Kurt Daluege (1897–1946), SS leader
- Joanna Gleich (born 1959), painter
- Edyta Górniak (born 1972), singer
- Tomasz Garbowski (born 1979), politician
- Romuald Jasinski (born 1963), operasinger
- Joachim Mencel (born 1966), jazzpianoplayer
- Henry III, Duke of Silesia-Glogau ()
- Henry V, Duke of Legnica ()
- Bolesław III the Generous ()
- Ludwik I the Fair ()
- Henryk IX of Lubin ()
- Ludwik II of Brzeg ()
- Fryderyk I of Legnica ()
- George II the Pious ()
- John Christian of Brieg ()
- George Rudolf of Legnica ()
- Barbara of Brandenburg, Duchess of Brieg ()
- Henry IV the Faithful ()
- Konrad I of Oleśnica ()
- Opole Main Station ()
- Bolko II of Opole ()
- Bernard of Niemodlin ()
- Bolko V the Hussite ()
- Nicholas I of Opole ()
Twin towns — sister cities
Kluczbork is twinned with:
- This article incorporates information from the revision as of February 20, 2007 of the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.
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