Arriving at Hotel 104 late yesterday afternoon, Marcin and I were keen to explore the town of Stargard Szczeciński, also known as the town of towers, and better understand its offerings which warranted it as a must-do on our West Pomeranian adventure.
Lying on the 15th Meridian line, the Gothic town traces its roots back to the 13th century, through periodic reigns of numerous nations. Up until 1945, Stargard was governed by German ruling;following the fall of the Nazi party, however, the Soviet Union claimed their stake in the Governance ofthe town.The dwelling was then transformed intoa large film set for the recording ofcommunist propaganda films: approximately 90% of the town’s buildings were destroyed for the dramatic purpose of film production after World War Two. The town was then rebuilt throughout the 1950s and 1960s in typical communist form, although managing to retain certain features which helped characterise the once strong fortress: drab apartment blocks and various homages to political heroes form the basis of the town as it appears today, yet the town walls make for an interesting feature. Erected by the Communist Party in 1945 to commemorate those killed in warfare, the striking Victory Statue occupies a roundabout in the centre of town and symbolises the glorification of their memory. Such sights provide for a fascinating insight into the political turbulence which determined the lifestyle of the town’s inhabitants. The variety of ruling nations, which have each affected the development of the town and created a melee of cultural influences, established a discernible difference between towns in my home country and the town of Stargard in Poland.
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