Brześć Kujawski is a town located in the southern part of the Province of Kujawsko-Pomorskie, within the area of the Kujawskie Lake District.
The town was granted its borough rights in 1250. Throughout history, the town would change its name as many as seven times. In 1228, the town hosted the ceremony of granting land to the State of the Teutonic Order by High Duke Konrad I of Masovia. It was not until 1343, before the town had once again been incorporated to the territory of Poland, following the Treaty of Kalisz. Starting in the 14th Century, the town became the capital of the Brest Voivodeship. Back in the 16th and 17th Centuries, Brześć Kujawski was an important centre of grain trade. Following the second Partition of Poland, until 1918, the town was incorporated in the territory of Prussia.
Among the most significant historic monuments preserved in the town, you can find the old prison building erected at the former location of a royal castle founded by King Casimir III the Great, and later extended by King Władysław II Jagiełło, the old Gothic Church of St. Stanislaus Bishop, a Post-Dominican church dating back to the second half of the 14th Century, and the remnants of the defensive walls built in the 14th Century.
In the town, you can find the ‘Wahadło’ Centre for History and Culture, which is home to many artistic clubs, such as ‘Dzieci Kujaw’ and ‘Spod strzechy’ folk bands, and the “Ea” theatre.
Brześć Kujawski became a film set for the documentary film ‘Bitwa pod Płowcami’ directed by Marcin Sroka.
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