Szprotawa [ʂprɔˈtava] (German: Sprottau) is a town in Poland, in Lubusz Voivodeship, in Żagań County. It has 12,648 inhabitants (2004).
The first information about the terrains of today's Szprotawa comes at 1000 from the chronicle of bishop Thietmar of Merseburg, who accompanied the emperor Otto III on pilgrimage to the grave of holy Adalbert in Gniezno.
Until World War II the town was part of Germany.
Sights to see
- Old city
- Sagan Gate, from the Middle Ages
- Town hall, from the Renaissance
- Saint Andreas Roman Catholic Church, from the 13th century
- Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church, from the 13th century
- Evangelical Church, from the 18th century (old castle)
- Old military airport with nuclear weapons storage
- Castle Chrobry (archeological)
- Silesia Walls
- Oak "Chrobry", the oldest in Poland (750 years old)
- Naturreserve "Buczyna Szprotawska"
- Naturreserve "Park Słowiański"
- Lower Silesia Forest
- Old city park from the 19th century
- Jakob Ebert (1549–1614), theologian
- Heinrich Göppert (1800–1884), scientist
- Heinrich Laube (1806–1884), author
- Karl Bartsch (1832–1888), Germanist
- Robert Beisert (1833–1893), politician
- Harald Bielfeld (1863–1933), politician
- Walter Dötsch (1909–1987), artist
- Hans-Joachim Höfig (1915–2006), Sportsman
- Manfred Steinbach (born 1933), sportsman
- Roswitha Berndt (born 1936), historian
- Klaus Hänsch (born 1938), politician, President of the European Parliament
- Rudolf Langer (bon 1939), sportsman
- Detlev Kittstein (1944–1996), sportsman
- Fritz Puppel (born 1944), musician
Twin towns — Sister cities
Szprotawa is twinned with:
Ruin of Evangelical Church (old castle)
Saint Faustina sarcophagus
Bóbr River by Slavic Park
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Coordinates: 51°34′N 15°32′E / 51.567°N 15.533°E