Rebuilt remains of palace of Knights Hospitaller in Skarszewy
|• Mayor||Dariusz Skalski|
|• Total||9.43 km2 (3.64 sq mi)|
|• Density||720/km2 (1,900/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Area code(s)||+48 58|
Skarszewy [skarˈʂɛvɨ] (Kashubian: Skarszewò, German: Schöneck) is a small town 40 kilometres (25 miles) south of Gdańsk in Starogard Gdański County, Pomeranian Voivodeship, northern Poland. Located between Kościerzyna and Tczew. Population: 6 809 (30 June 2005). In 2005 the town was given the title the Pearl of Pomerania.
19 villages belong to the rural-municipal commune of Skarszewy (together: 13,934 inhabitants, 30 June 2005):
Bączek, Bolesławowo, Bożpole Królewskie, Czarnocin, Demlin, Godziszewo, Jaroszewy, Junkrowy, Kamierowo, Kamierowskie Piece, Koźmin, Malary, Mirowo Duże, Nowy Wiec, Obozin, Pogódki.
Between 1629 and 1655 the city was devastated by the Swedes, and large fires in the years 1708, 1714, 1731 destroyed almost all the buildings.
The old town is enclosed by fragments of the 14th century stone walls and a Gothic parish Church of St Michael the Archangel which dates from the l4th century with well-preserved furnishings from the baroque era.
- 1198 - first mentioned as a seat of Knights Hospitaller
- 1320 - Schöneck obtains town rights
- 1370 - the Order of St. John sells Schöneck to the Teutonic Order
- 1466 - Second Peace of Thorn (1466): Schöneck becomes a part of Royal Prussia, Poland
- 1772 - annexed by the Kingdom of Prussia
- 1818-1920 - part of the Kościerzyna county (Berent county) within Western Prussia Province
- 1920, 10 January - part of the Second Polish Republic
- 1939-1945 - annexed by the Third Reich
- 1945 - Poland
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In 1996, Skarszewy was twinned with Sandy in Bedfordshire, England. Each year over summer, students from Sandy Upper School, Stratton Upper School in Biggleswade and Dame Alice Harpur School in Bedford travel to Skarszewy for twelve days to teach English to some of the younger generation of the town.
Twin towns – Sister cities
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