Radziejów is a town located in the region of Kuyavia, in the southern section of the Province of Kujawsko-Pomorskie.
In 1298, it was granted its borough rights by King Władysław I Łokietek. Back in the mediaeval times, the town was a centre of trade, and also operated as the seat of starosty. It has its own district court and held sessions of the regional parliaments for the provinces of Inowrocław and Brześć Kujawski. In the 17th Century, the town started to fall into decline, which was mostly the result of the Swedish invasion that led to the destruction of the local royal castle. During the Enlightenment era, the first institution for higher education (the so-called ‘college’), managed by the Piarists, was established in Radziejów. Following the second Partition of Poland, the town was incorporated in the territory of Prussia, and then was part of the so-called Congress Kingdom of Poland. In 1867, Radziejów lost its borough rights, in the wake of tsarist repression after the January Uprising 1863/1864. The borough rights were regained in 1919.
Among the most significant historic monuments preserved in the town, you can find the church and monastery of the Franciscan Order, both founded by King Władysław I Łokietek (in 1331), the Church of the Assumption dating back to the 14th Century (converted in the 16th Century), and the Town Hall erected in 1826.
In Radziejów, you will also find Radziejowski Dom Kultury (Culture Centre), which organises numerous cultural events, for example ‘Dni Literatury’ (co-organised with Muzeum Literatury im. Adama Mickiewicza / Adam Mickiewicz Museum of Literature), Międzynarodowe Prezentacje Piosenki Dziecięcej „Kolorowy Mikrofon” (International Presentation of Children’s Songs), and ‘Dni Radziejowa’ (Radziejów’s Days).
Radziejów became a film set for the documentary film ‘Bitwa pod Płowcami’ directed by Marcin Sroka.
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