Palace in Sorkwity
Sorkwity [sɔrkˈfitɨ] (German: Sorquitten) is a village in Mrągowo County, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, in northern Poland. It is the seat of the gmina (administrative district) called Gmina Sorkwity. It lies approximately 11 kilometres (7 mi) west of Mrągowo and 43 km (27 mi) east of the regional capital Olsztyn.
The village has a population of 770.
Sorkwity was founded in 1379 by the Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights, Winrich von Kniprode. Since then, the village had many different owners. In 1804, the von Mirbach family acquired Sorkwity. The family build a neogothic palace in the village between 1850 and 1856.
Later, the village was part of East Prussia. 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 expelled from the Polish areas annexed by the Soviet Union or Ukrainians forced to settle in the area through Operation Vistula in 1947.
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