Szydłów - a village in southern Poland, situated in Świętokrzyskie province, in Staszów County, in the municipality Szydłów.
Szydłów it is situated on the foothills Szydłowski forming a transitional form between Świętokrzyskie Mountains and lowland Niecka Połaniecka. Areas of the village are part of "Chmielnicko-Szydłowski Protected Landscape Area".
a monument in Honor of the murdered
The village is located approx. 40 km southeast of Kielce and approx. 12 km west of Staszów.
one of the entrances to the city
Szydłów it is sometimes called "the polish plum capital" all because in the nearest areas there is around 1000 plum orchards. Every year "the Plum Festival" known also as "Days of Szydłów" takes place, during the festival fruits from local orchards are being presented and consumed!
next to the church in Szydłów
Szydłów is a village, surrounded by town walls which, together with the castle form local fortifications built in the mid-fourteenth century during the reign of King Casimir the Great.
ramparts inside Szydłów village
To the village you can enter by three gates: Krakow's, Opatowska's and water gate.
one of the sculptures in Szydłów
Thanks to the location near Sandomierz and to the trade route the growth of trade took place in Szydłów.
my wife on the ramparts
In the sixteenth century, the city was famous for its cloth. Operated here many tailors, bakers, shoemakers and potters, as well groups of blacksmiths, locksmiths, saddlers, coopers, coppersmiths, swordfish, and cap makers.
...she went up on the gate...
In Szydłów operated a brewery. Income from production and sell liquor were spent on maintenance of ramparts and pavements of the city. In 1565 a large part of Szydłów was destroyed by fire. In this period in Szydłów many Jews was settled.
...and on the Kraków's gate:)
From the first half of the seventeenth century was a gradual fall of the city. In 1630 Szydłów was burned by a squad of rebel mercenaries. Massive destruction made by the Swedish invasion and Rakoczy invasion. In 1655 the town and castle were destroyed. From 1,300 inhabitants in Szydłów survived only approx. 350.
In 1929, the settlement had 2,246 inhabitants, of which approx. 30% were Jews. During World War II the Germans established a ghetto here, which was held about a thousand people, killed in concentration camps later. Szydłów was largely destroyed by acts of war from 1944 to 1945. After the war it was rebuilt.
...and in the Kraków's gate