Świebodzice

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Świebodzice
Saints Peter and Paul Church
Saints Peter and Paul Church
Flag of Świebodzice
Flag
Coat of arms of Świebodzice
Coat of arms
Świebodzice is located in Poland
Świebodzice
Świebodzice
Coordinates: 50°52′N 16°20′E / 50.867°N 16.333°E / 50.867; 16.333
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Lower Silesian
County Świdnica
Gmina Świebodzice (urban gmina)
Government
 • Mayor Bogdan Kożuchowicz
Area
 • Total 30.45 km2 (11.76 sq mi)
Population (2014)
 • Total 23,175
 • Density 760/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 58-160
Car plates DSW
Website http://www.swiebodzice.pl

Świebodzice ([ɕfjɛbɔˈd͡ʑit͡sɛ]; German: Freiburg) is a town in south-western Poland with 23,175 inhabitants (as of 2014). It is situated in Świdnica County, Lower Silesian Voivodeship (from 1975–1998 it was in the former Wałbrzych Voivodeship).

The town is situated close to Książ Castle, which during World War II, together with the cave complex, was expanded to create private quarters for Adolf Hitler.

Prior to 1945 the town was in Germany and known as Freiburg in Schlesien. After World War II the region was placed under Polish administration by the Potsdam Agreement under territorial changes demanded by the Soviet Union. Most Germans fled or were expelled and replaced with Poles recently expelled from Eastern Poland according to Molotov Ribbentrop pact.

Old fortifications from around 1279, the year the town was founded, still remain.

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Coordinates: 50°52′N 16°20′E / 50.867°N 16.333°E / 50.867; 16.333