Mogilno is a town located along the Piast Trail, in the Province of Kujawsko-Pomorskie, in the borderland between the regions of Kuyavia and Greater Poland.
Mogilno was first mentioned in documents in the year 1175. Before that, in 1065, the Duke Bolesław II the Bold founded a monastery there, intended for the Benedictines brought all the way from the village of Tyniec. In 1398, Mogilno was granted its borough rights by King Władysław II Jagiełło. During the partitions of Poland, the town was incorporated in the territory under Prussian rule. In the 19th Century, the town became famous for its thoroughbred breeding – local thoroughbred horses were later delivered to the Russian court. At the end of 1918 and the beginning of 1919, residents of Mogilno participated in the Greater Poland uprising of 1919.
Among the most significant historic monuments preserved in the town, you can find a post-Benedictine church and monastery dating back to the 11th Century (converted on numerous occasions), a late-Gothic church of Saint James the Greater, a neo-Gothic Town Hall, and a railway station from the 19th Century.
In the town, you will also find Mogileński Dom Kultury (Culture House), which organises the so-called Mogileńska Akademia Filmowa (Mogilno Film Academy), i.e. a film discussion club. In 2016, Mogilno became host to a cyclical event known as Ogólnopolski Festiwal Filmów Satyrycznych Pyszadło (All-Poland Satirical Film Festival), which has continued to this day. It is a film festival, during which both Polish and foreign films that use satire as a significant element of a cross-generational discourse and stimulate social activism to fight for a better world, compete for prizes.
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