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Gąsawa rural district (Poland)

Żnin county, Kujawsko-Pomorskie voivodship

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[Gąsawa flag] image by Chrystian Kretowicz, 21 Jan 2009
adopted 30 Dec 2008; design: Krzysztof Mikulski

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Gąsawa rural district

Gąsawa - rural commune, Żnin County, Kujawsko-pomorskie Voivodship - German name: Gonsawa.
Gmina Gąsawa is a rural gmina (commune) in Żnin County, Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodship, in north-central Poland. Its seat is the village of Gąsawa, which lies approximately 10 kilometres (6 mi) south of Żnin and 43 km (27 mi) south-west of Bydgoszcz.
Area: 135.7 (52.4 sq.mi); Population: 5,235 (2006).
land under cultivation - 65%; forests - 24%.

First written mention in the Golden Bull of Pope Innocent II of 1136 (Bull of Gniezno)
Gąsawa received the city rights in 1388 and lost them in 1934.
It is famous as the place of the assassination of the Leszek I the White, prince of Poland (November 23, 1227).
In 1600 Gąsawa hosted the Lubrański Academy (Polish: Kolegium Lubrańskiego) which temporarily moved out of plague-stricken Poznań.
In 1660 looted and destroyed by the withdrawing Swedish troops.
The main tourist attraction in Gąsawa is the 17th century wooden St. Nicolas Church with a unique collection of multi-layered mural paintings, the earliest from the 17th century, and the most recent from 1807. The church itself, a larch construction with a slate roof, was in such a bad state around 1850 that local officials asked the regional Prussian government to allow the church to be dismantled and build a new one instead. The response gave permission to only overhaul the building. Existing wall paintings were covered with a layer of reed and ordinary plaster, and forgotten for some 150 years.

Arms and flag, designed by Dr.Krzysztof Mikulski (a historian from Copernicus University in Torun) were accepted, after modifications, by the Commune Council in March 2008 and submitted for approval to the Heraldic Commission and Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration in Warsaw.

"Arms: on a silver shield a red defensive wall with the open gate and three crenelated towers. Windows black.

Flag: a rectangle in the ratio 5:8 horizontally divided into red and white bands with the Arms in the middle of the flag."
Chrystian Kretowicz, 21 Jan 2009

The flag of the Gąsawa commune officially adopted on December 30, 2008. In March 2008, the draft was adopted and forwarded to the Polish Heraldic Commission. In November 2008 there was a positive agreement on the draft.
Source: uchwała nr XVIII/121/08 Rady Gminy w Gąsawie z dnia 30 grudnia 2008r. w sprawie ustanowienia herbu, flagi i pieczęci gminy Gąsawa.  (law)
Jens Pattke, 19 May 2010

Gąsawa Coat of Arms

[Gąsawa coat of arms] image by Chrystian Kretowicz, 21 Jan 2009
adopted 30 Dec 2008; design: Krzysztof Mikulski