Janowiec Wielkopolski is a town located in the Province of Kujawsko-Pomorskie, by the River Wełna, on the edge of the historic region of Pałuki.
The first written document to testify to the existence of the town dates back to 1295, and it is a foundation charter to Janowy Młyn (it was the early name of Janowiec Wielkopolski), granted by the Duke Przemysł II to a knight, Wojciech, under the German law. From the 14th Century onwards, the town was a private property owned by numerous noble families from the regions of Wielkopolska and Pałuki. In 1963, Janowiec Wielkopolski witnessed the march of King John III Sobieski and his army on the way to the relief of Vienna. During the period of Partitions, the town was incorporated in the territory under Prussian rule. Later on, it became part of a military insurrection known as the Greater Poland uprising of 1918-1919.
Among the most significant historic monuments preserved in the town, you can find the late neoclassical St. Nicholas Church, an eclectic-style palace from the second half of the 19th Century, a half-timbered St. Barbara’s cemetery chapel from 1853, and a Jewish cemetery founded at the end of the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20thCentury.
The town has a Municipal Social Cultural Centre. The historic buildings of the railway station dating back to the end of the 19th Century became a backdrop for some of the scenes shot for the film ‘Złoty pociąg / The Golden Train’ directed by Bogdan Poręba.
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