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Szamotuły

Szamotuły is a town situated in the Wielkopolska Lakeland, on both banks of the river Sama in the basin of the lower section of the river Warta, 35 km north-west of Poznań, the capital of the Wielkopolska voivodship [province]. The town lies surrounded with undulating hills that are characteristic for a postglacial landscape. Szamotuły’s location is conducive to the economic development of the town and Commune, and is also an asset as far as tourism is concerned. Our town lies at the junction of important transport routes linking nearby centres: Poznań, Czarnków, Oborniki, Pniewy and Wronki. International routes leading through the A2 motorway and Frankfurt am Oder to Berlin and a railroad from Poznań to Szczecin also pass through Szamotuły. The town of Szamotuły itself has approximately 20 thousand inhabitants, and the entire commune around 28 thousand.Attraction of the region
In this section you can find general information about places which in other sections are treated more thoroughly, and about other places of tourist interest in our region.

The town of Szamotuły has a well developed infrastructure of sports facilities. First of all, it is a football stadium with a new top quality grass surface. With a 6000-seat auditorium the stadium is a good place for organizing all sorts of sports events. Another one is a sports hall "Wacław", which can satisfy the needs of even the most demanding sportsmen. One may find here a body-lifting room with modern equipment, a sauna, a beauty parlour, a solarium and a room for hydro-massage. In Szamotuły there are eight tennis courts (four equipped with lighting) and a 50 meter long open-air swimming pool accompanied by a shallow pool for children. The town of Szamotuły can boast an indoor swimming pool (with a slide) which in 2002 will be connected to the Wacław Hall and the Maraton Hotel via a glass tunnel.


For those who like cycling there are many bicycle lanes in Szamotuły town and commune - a wonderful opportunity to admire the beauty of the countryside.

The town is famous for its numerous historical monuments, such as the post-collegiate Parish Church of the Virgin Mary of Consolation and Bishop St. Stanisław. It is the oldest historical monument in Szamotuły, one of the greatly admired monuments of sacred architecture in Wielkopolska. It was built in the years 1423-1431 with the help of the Świd-Szamotulski fund. Another valuable historical monument is the castle complex with Halszka Tower, built around the half of the 15th century. It was entirely rebuilt in the years 1512-1518. In the years 1559-1573 the wife of Łukasz III Górka, a Lithuanian Princess, Halszka of Ostróg was imprisoned in the Tower. Since 1991 the castle, with the beautiful Wacław of Szamotuły Concert Hall, has housed the Górka Castle Museum . Inside, there is a collection of furniture, daily use objects and paintings from various castles, including the Wawel Royal Castle and one of the richest collections of icons in Poland.

In the vicinity of Szamotuły there is a picturesque artificial lake of Radzyna, which in the nearest future will be developed into a recreational and tourist center.

In Kobylniki, a few kilometers away from Szamotuły there is a charming 19th century old mansion surrounded by the park. It was built in the neo-Renaissance style in the years 1886-1887 for the Twardowski family.

In the vicinity
Gałowo - a 19th century neo-classical mansion with the surrounding park
Lipnica - a late-Baroque manor house from the second half of the 18th century, presently the property of the Convent
Ostrolesie - ruins of an early medieval castle coming from the 10th century, Kopiec Jastrowski
Otorowo - a parish church from 1533, an 18th century manor house with the landscape park, presently the property of the Convent
Duszniki - a late-Gothic parish church built in the first half of the 16th century, a manor house built in a classical style in 1848.
Obrzycko - ruins of an early medieval castle, a 17th century town hall built in the Baroque style
Wronki - a half-timbered granary built in 1856, a monastery and a Baroque church
Słopanowo - St. Michael’s wooden Parish Church built in the years 1695-1699, classified at the top of the scale used in Poland for historical and architectural value
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