"Kamien Pomorski - the Pearl of West Pomerania" Kamien Pomorski by evaanna
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Kamien Pomorski is one of the oldest towns of West Pomerania dating back to the 9th century AD. By 1124, when St Otto arrived there to preach Christianity, it was already a well-established town. Its name - meaning the Pomeranian stone - derives probably from the enormous post-glacial boulder which can be found in the middle of the Dziwna River - the landmark for sailors and merchants arriving there from the Baltic Sea, just 8 km north of the town.
In the 12th century Kamien became the seat of the Pomeranian dukes, bearing Polish names, like Warcislaw, Boguslaw and then castellans with names like Zawist, Unim, Wargin and Stoislaw. Repeatedly invaded by the Danes and then burnt down twice during the battles with the margraves of Brandenburg in the mid-13th and early 14th centuries, the town began to recover from the war damage soon afterwards. It then consisted of two towns: the one founded by Duke Barnim I and the church one with the bishop as its head. Both were fortified and surrounded by moats. Altogether, Kamien had eight defensive towers. There was also a Polish Dominican monastery there at the time. But, starting with the 13th century, the Slavic population was being increasingly driven out by the Germans.
In the 17th century the town was repeatedly ravaged by plagues, during the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) it was burnt down, including the cathedral tower. In 1630 Kamien was taken over by the Swedes and turned into a stronghold, in 1679 by Brandenburg. A longer period of peace that followed contributed to its revival and development. The next two changes came in the 19th century: Kamien changed hands twice then, first taken over by the French and Polish armies and then by Prussia. The Second World War brought destruction to the town: 75% of the buildings, many of them listed, lay in ruin. Since then the most precious of them, like the Town Hall, have been lovingly restored. After all the wars and disasters, Kamien is back to life again.
The coat of arms of Kamien Pomorski has been changing through the ages. The figure in the present version most probably represents St John the Baptist in prayer with a crozier on both sides and two roses. The eldest version, dating back to 1540, pictured a praying woman, sitting in a chair decorated with two roses.
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