Local hotel located in the Old 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||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Kamień Pomorski [ˈkamʲɛɲ pɔˈmɔrskʲi] (German: Cammin or Kammin; Kashubian: Kamién) 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 Kamień Pomorski had 8921 of citizens.
Etymology and names
The name of the town has its origins in the Vendian 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 14th October 1140 has mention of ‘’Chamin cum taberna et foro’’. In a bull of 25th 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 king Bolesław Krzywousty 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 destroyes 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 illussion 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 became the seat of a bishopric in 1176 and a Pomeranian diocese. From time to time the Dukes of Pomerania would also reside in the town (it's their first known capital), as it is located in Farther Pomerania. 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 the Kingdom of Prussia, and later Germany. It was administered as part of the Prussian Province of Pomerania.
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 were replaced with Poles expelled from the Polish areas annexed by the Soviet Union.
Kamień Pomorski is located on Pobrzeże Szczecińskie (Wybrzeże Trzebiatowskie), 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.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Kamień Pomorski is twinned with:
- Jaromar (c. 1267 – c. 1294), Bishop of Cammin
- Uwe Johnson (1934–1984), writer
- Ewald Georg von Kleist (1700–1748), physicist
- Klaus Uebe (1900–1968), German Luftwaffe General
- Klausjürgen Wussow (1929–2007), actor
- Kociuba, Jarosław (2012). Pomorze - Praktyczny przewodnik turystyczny po ziemiach Księstwa Pomorskiego (in Polish). Szczecin: Walkowska Wydawnictwo. p. 459. ISBN 9788361805496.
- Program Ochrony Środowiska dla Gminy Kamień Pomorski, Szczecin, październik 2004 r.
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