Przemęt Commune

Przemęt Commune, located in the Wielkopolska Lowlands, is one of the three communes of the Wolsztyn district. The area of the commune is 22,531 hectares, and the number of inhabitants – approx. 13,600. The Commune is composed of 25 village administration areas and 27 villages. Apart from Przemęt itself, the biggest villages include Mochy, Kaszczor i Bucz.

Przemęt is a typical agricultural area – 63.6% of its land is used for agricultural purposes. There is also plenty of woodland (24.9% of the area) and lakes (4.5% of the area). This is the greatest asset of the commune and the basis for the development of tourism and agritourism in the area. Another important factor is that almost 50% of the Przemęt Commune area is located in the Przemęt Nature Park.

Tourism

If you decide to stay in this land of beautiful forests and picturesque lakes, you will experience the wonderful holiday feel of this area. Located by a lake, Wieleń is the tourist centre of the commune and attracts many tourists every year. Wieleń is also a good starting point if you feel like making a trip to other villages in the area. Almost each place off ers beautiful historical sites with both religious and secular works of art.

Wieleń is not the only tourist attraction. The Przemęt Commune off ers many agritourism destinations. From the numerous agritourism farms, everybody will fi nd something to their liking.

Economy

The economy of the Przemęt Commune depends mainly on tourism and small farmers. As a result, industry in the area is based primarily on the processing of meat and agricultural produce. Key enterprises in the area include: Firma Słomiński – meat processing company based in Kaszczor (www.slominski.bt.pl), Łabimex based in Bucz (www.labimex.pl), Marmorin based in Starkowo (www.marmorin.pl).

There are also many sawmills and lumber companies. These vibrant businesses prove that the Przemęt Commune offers a business-friendly environment for the establishment and development of new companies and plants. To encourage new investment, the commune authorities are off ering new, attractive business locations and favourable tax relief for entrepreneurs. For additional information, please contact the Offi ce for Agriculture, Environment Protection, Real Estate, and Spatial Planning – phone: +48 65 549 60 71 ext. 47

A bit of history

Przemęt is one of the oldest settlements in the Wielkopolska region. The fi rst written mention of ‘the town of Przemęt’ dates back to the early 13th century and was recorded in the Księga Bracka (Liber fraternitatis) of the monastery in Lubiń. Research and finds to date indicate that Przemęt and its surroundings was a centre of Lusatian Culture for many centuries. The most important finds from this area include burial grounds from the 3rd period of the Bronze Age (approx. 1300-1100 BC) and 9 burial sites of the late Bronze Age.

In the Middle Ages, Przemęt town defended a ford across the Oder river. The town was located on the trail from Poznań to the region of Silesia. The earliest mention of the Przemęt Castellany appeared in a document from 1210 issued by the Prince of Calisia, Władysław Odonic, wherein the prince granted the right to the Cistercian monks from the Pforta monastery (Thuringia) to establish a well-subsidised monastery in the area referred to as ‘provinita Premontensi’. In 1278, the Paradies Cistercians (from Paradyż) established a new monastery where the village of Kaszczor is located today. Later on, the exact date being unknown, they moved to Wieleń, and then to Przemęt in 1418.

Przemęt was a township until the second half of the 18th century. After the second partition of Poland in 1793, the town was incorporated to Prussia. On 1 June 1797, Prussian authorities decided to change the status of Przemęt from township to a village. Soon, the Prussian authorities issued an order to confiscate Polish property, including the Cistercian monastery in Przemęt. The monastery was offi cially closed on 5 March 1835. Przemęt remained under German rule until its liberation by insurgents during the Greater Poland Uprising (Powstanie Wielkopolskie) on 6 January 1919.

International co-operation

Since 2002, the Przemęt Commune has co-operated with its twinned German commune of Bestensee. The twinning agreement was signed on 4 January and 22 February 2002. Since then, contacts between the two communes have become much closer. Visits in Poland and Germany are not intended to be strictly official. The local authorities in both countries published a joint publication in 2003 – the Historical Calendar of Bestensee and Przemęt, to make the inhabitants of both communes more familiar with the history of their twin commune. Student and cultural exchange programmes are also organised.

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