Aerial view of the town
|• Mayor||Stanisław Kuryłło|
|• Total||10.75 km2 (4.15 sq mi)|
|Elevation||10 m (30 ft)|
|• Density||830/km2 (2,100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
Kamień Pomorski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈkamjɛɳ pɔˈmɔrskʲi]; German: Cammin or Kammin; Kashubian: Kamiéń) is a town in the West Pomeranian Voivodeship of north-western Poland, on the Baltic coast. It is the seat of an urban-rural gmina (administrative district) in Kamień County which lies approximately 63 km to the north of the regional capital Szczecin. It is the second seat of the Archdiocese of Szczecin-Kamień and a deanery of Kamień.
Kamień is the first known capital of the Duchy of Pomerania.
In 2015 the town had a population of 8,921 inhabitants.
Etymology and names
The name of the town has its origins in the Wendish language. The first mentions of the town appeared in the ‘’Life of Otton from Bamberg",‘’Civitas ducis Camina" by Herbord, ‘’Castrum magnum Gamin" by Eb, and ‘’In urbe Games". Other names are Chamin and Camyna. A bull of 14 October 1140 has mention of ‘’Chamin cum taberna et foro". In a bull of 25 February 1188 there is ‘’apud civitated Camyn". Ultimately the name ‘’Camin" was settled upon.
The name is associated with a massive glacial boulder (diameter of 20 m) situated in the Dziwna’s riverbed. This ‘’Royal Boulder" has been used as designator in ship transport. Since 1959 the ‘’Royal Boulder" has been protected as a natural monument.
There are three legends dealing with the ‘’Royal Boulder".
The first one says that in 1121 Duke Bolesław III Wrymouth stood on it and welcomed sailors’ parades.
The second one describes origins of the ‘’Royal Boulder". The boulder was in fact a petrified toad that wreaked havoc in the Kamieński Bay. It was cursed by the slovian god Trzygłów into a boulder.
The third one describes the story of a devil, banished from a dwelling nearby, that promised to find a suitable partner for a certain giant if it destroys said dwelling. Mistrustful giant wanted to see his future partner first, and saw her he did. From the depth of the waters emerged a perferct match for the giant but in the exact moment a rooster crowed, the illusion of the future spouse was dropped and showed a devil. Furious giant threw into him a massive boulder. Devil wanted to run away and changed into a toad, but it was too late, the boulder crushed him and confines him to this day.
The town's history dates back to a fishermen's settlement from the 10th and 11th centuries. The region became part of Poland soon after the creation of the state in the 10th century. As a result of the 12th-century fragmentation of Poland, it became part of the separate Duchy of Pomerania. The town became the seat of a bishopric in 1176 and a Pomeranian diocese. In 1180 a mint was established in Kamień. From time to time the Dukes of Pomerania would also reside in the town (it's their first known capital). By 1228 the Dominicans were involved in the town's religious affairs, and in 1274 it received Lübeck city rights.
Sweden acquired control of the town at the Peace of Westphalia ending the Thirty Years' War in 1648. Acquired by Brandenburg-Prussia in 1679, the town was made part of the Kingdom of Prussia in 1701. From then until 1945 it remained part of Prussia, and from 1871 to 1945 it was also part of Germany. It was administered as part of the Prussian Province of Pomerania.
In 1945 the region was placed under Polish administration under border changes promulgated at the Potsdam Conference. At the end of World War II and thereafter, the town's German residents fled or were expelled. Polish settlers made the town their new home, some of whom had been expelled from the eastern Polish areas annexed by the Soviet Union.
Kamień Pomorski is located on in the pool of Dziwna’s strait that creates Kamieński Bay. The town lies by the two bays: Karpinka and Promna, approximately 90 km to Szczecin. Kamień Pomorski lies in north-west part of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship. The centre of the city is located about 7 km to the Baltic Sea, to which it has direct access.
Moderately warm, oceanic climate (Cfb in the Köppen climate classification) This climate is dominated all year round by the polar front, leading to changeable, often overcast weather. Summers are cool due to cool ocean currents, but winters are milder than other climates in similar latitudes, but usually very cloudy. Average temperature changes between 7-8,3 °C. August is the warmest month in the year, and January – the coldes. Max temperature is between 32,1 – 33,1 °C, and min. temperature is between -18,6- -19,2 °C. Annual precipitation rate ranges from 550 mm to 650 mm. Length of growing period is 210–220 days. Winds blow mostly from the South-West and North-West direction.
The town is close to Zalew Kamieński (Kamieński Bay). The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (Polish: Katedra św. Jana Chrzciciela) is a local landmark. The cathedral is one of Poland's official national Historic Monuments (Pomnik historii), as designated September 1, 2005 and tracked by the National Heritage Board of Poland.
Kamień Pomorski is twinned with:
- Jaromar (c. 1267 – c. 1294) selected as Bishop of Cammin
- Klaus Uebe (1900–1968), German Luftwaffe General
- Klausjürgen Wussow (1929–2007) a German stage, film and television actor
- Uwe Johnson (1934–1984) a German writer, editor and scholar
- Bogusław Mamiński (born 1955) a retired long-distance runner
- "Kamień Pomorski » mapy, nieruchomości, GUS, szkoły, kody pocztowe, wynagrodzenie, bezrobocie, zarobki, edukacja, tabele". Retrieved 31 March 2017.
- "Po czarcich i boskich śladach - www.Focus.pl - Poznać i zrozumieć świat". Retrieved 31 March 2017.
- Czesław Piskorski, Pomorze Zachodnie, mały przewodnik, Wyd. Sport i Turystyka, Warszawa, 1980, p. 151
- Kociuba, Jarosław (2012). Pomorze - Praktyczny przewodnik turystyczny po ziemiach Księstwa Pomorskiego (in Polish). Szczecin: Walkowska Wydawnictwo. p. 459. ISBN 9788361805496.
- "Klimat: Kamień Pomorski - Wykres klimatyczny, wykres temperatury, tabela klimatu - Climate-Data.org". Retrieved 31 March 2017.
- Program Ochrony Środowiska dla Gminy Kamień Pomorski, Szczecin, październik 2004 r.
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