Kamieniec Ząbkowicki

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Kamieniec Ząbkowicki
Palace in the town
Palace in the town
Coat of arms of Kamieniec Ząbkowicki
Coat of arms
Kamieniec Ząbkowicki is located in Poland
Kamieniec Ząbkowicki
Kamieniec Ząbkowicki
Coordinates: 50°31′35″N 16°52′41″E / 50.52639°N 16.87806°E / 50.52639; 16.87806
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Lower Silesian
County Ząbkowice Śląskie
Gmina Kamieniec Ząbkowicki
Population 4,200
Website http://www.kamienieczabkowicki.eu

Kamieniec Ząbkowicki [kaˈmjɛɲɛt͡s zɔmpkɔˈvit͡ski] (German: Kamenz N.S.) is a village in Ząbkowice Śląskie County, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, in south-western Poland.[1] It is the seat of the administrative district (gmina) called Gmina Kamieniec Ząbkowicki. Prior to 1945 it was in Germany under the name of Kamenz. Kamieniec Zabkowicki is an important railroad junction, located on the main line Wroclaw - Klodzko - Prague. In Kamieniec, this route crosses with the west-east connection from Jaworzyna Slaska to Kedzierzyn-Kozle.

Kamieniec Palace

It lies approximately 8 kilometres (5 mi) south-east of Ząbkowice Śląskie, and 68 kilometres (42 mi) south of the regional capital Wrocław. The village has a population of 4,200.

The place is known for the former Kamieniec Abbey, established in 1209 as an Augustinian college by Bishop Wawrzyniec of Wrocław at the site of a former castle of Bretislaus II of Bohemia. In 1247 it became a filial monastery of the Cistercian Lubiąż Abbey. King Frederick II of Prussia hid here from Habsburg troops on February 27, 1741 during the First Silesian War.

Secularized in 1810 by order of King Frederick William III of Prussia, the estates of Kamenz were acquired by Wilhelmine of Prussia, wife of King William I of the Netherlands. Between 1838 and 1873 their daughter Princess Marianne of the Netherlands and her husband Prince Albert of Prussia had a new palace built in a Neogothic style according to the plans of Karl Friedrich Schinkel.

As a result of the 1945 Potsdam Conference, Kamenz was put under Polish administration and since then became part of Poland under the name of Kamieniec. The German inhabitants were expelled. The Palace was plundered and set on fire by the Red Army. Since 1995 it has been partially restored.



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Coordinates: 50°31′35″N 16°52′41″E / 50.52639°N 16.87806°E / 50.52639; 16.87806