My city - Ostrow Wielkopolski received town privileges in 1404 but the economic stagnation caused by fires, wars, and a weak 16th century nobility, led to the town’s officials dropping its town status in 1711. In 1714, one of the nobility of Ostrów, Jan Jerzy Przebendowski intervened at the royal court, for the status to be reinstated. By the power of a Royal Marshall (English: Marshal), Franciszek Bielinski, the town received its status back with greater privileges. Another noble family, the Radziwiłłowie took patronage over the town and looked over its many investments. The care of the town’s owners, work of its people, dedication of its officials and its location, have favored the town’s continuous growth. In Ostrów, a railroad hub was formed and became a vital point of the town’s development. It also helped to establish its prominent status on the local and national scene. During the time of Partition and both World Wars, the town had become an important source for nationalist movements. One of the town’s historic episodes was the so called Republic of Ostrów (Republika Ostrowska), which was the citizens’ upheaval of 1918. No blood was shed at that upheaval and all political powers were taken over from the Prussian authorities. In between the First and Second WW, Ostrów was one of the fastest growing towns: the number of inhabitants doubled, showy houses were built and modern Railcar Manufacturing (Fabryka Wagon) began.
During World War II, a Nazi labor camp Staatspolizeistelle Litzmannstadt Arbeitserziehungslager Ostrowo operated within the town's limits, where 193 people died. The town was one of the major anti-Nazi conspiracy centers in the Great Poland region. In 1941, after the Gestapo’s crackdown on the headquarters of the Poznań branch of the underground army Union for Armed Struggle-ZWZ, the headquarters were moved to Ostrów. From here the re-structure of the Poznań region of the Union was conducted.
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snunney (82547) 2013-01-03 2:39
A fine capture of this delightful ensemble of architecture. I like the lighting and colour contrasts. Very good clarity.
tedesse (25129) 2013-01-03 3:05
Wspaniale kamienice starego Ostrowa Wielkopolskiego.
Piekny kadr, super kolory i swiatlo, doskonala ostrosc.
raszid62 (18583) 2013-01-03 3:40
Piekne kamieniczki, widać ze niedawno restaurowane. Jak widze Twoje miasto jest bardzo ładne. Delikatne swiatło świetnie pokazało kolorystykę tych pięknych domów.
Sonata11 (33225) 2013-01-03 4:31
pieknie ujales te fasade tych kamieniczek. Duzo ciekawych detali ktore przyciagaj uwage. Super kolorystyka, ostrosc, swiatlo. Bardzo mi sie podoba.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2013-01-03 11:43
Your city is certainly very nice and pleasant, with these beautiful facades. I love the light and the different colors of the photo. The composition is nice. Bravo.
Happy New Year 2013!
npecanhuk (64240) 2013-01-03 12:23
Very beautiful façades!
Very attractive architecture picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, black & white borders, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
abmdsudi (42618) 2013-01-03 20:17
A lovely neat shot of a lively city scene in wonderful composition that brings all its features to life. There's goord control of highlights and lots of colors to enjoy particularly on the imposing buildings. Wonderful play of light and shadows which is. perfectly exposed with good contrast and is very pleasing to view with the stunning green. Brilliant capture, Congrats.
Silvio1953 (120608) 2013-01-04 1:01
Ciao Krzysztof, lovely see your beautiful city, great view of elegant facades, wonderful colors, splendid light, excellent clarity and fine details, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
ikeharel (56024) 2013-01-04 2:37
I red your note with great interest, Krzysztof, things that were not in my knowledge.
Fairly lightened view on the colorful facades, outlines clarity is superb, good contrast achieved.
The building second from right is beautifully decorated.
Kamilutka (8095) 2013-01-04 6:16
ladnie skomponowana fotka z pieknie utrzymana tonacja kolorystyczna i dobrym kontrastem. W pierwszej chwili sadzilam ze to moj Wroclaw ;-) Ciekawa notka!
mumek (20198) 2013-01-04 18:48
Ladnie pokazane kamienice w porannym swietle. Dobra jakosc obrazu, interesujace detale architektoniczne, no i bardzo ciekawa notatka historyczna
boa (5995) 2013-01-05 4:33
I can say that i like your city after i see this shot and your note. Beautiful facades and interesting design. Crisp and clear shot with beautiful colors, well done!
Have a nice day.
mayjayne (3431) 2013-01-05 17:50
You have portrayed the beautifully coloured facades of your city in a way that makes one wish to visit it !
TFS and have a great year ahed,
- Copyright: Krzysztof Dera (Fis2) (84580)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-11-11
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3,5-5,6
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-01-03 0:47