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Nowy Targ town (Poland)

Nowy Targ county, Małopolskie voivodship

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[Nowy Targ city flag] image by Chrystian Kretowicz, 13 Dec 2008
adopted 2006 See also:

Nowy Targ city flag

Nowy Targ - urban commune, Nowy Targ County, Małopolskie Voivodship - Latin name: Novum Forum; Slovak name: Nový Targ; German name: Neumarkt am Dohnst; English name: New Market.
Nowy Targ is a town in southern Poland with 34,000 inhabitants (2006), and the historical capital of the mountain region (Podhale). The town is situated in the confluence of the rivers Biały and Czarny Dunajec, in a valley beneath the Gorce Mountains.
The town is situated in the Lesser Poland Voivodship (since 1999). It was previously in Nowy Sącz Voivodship (1975-1998).
Area: 51.07 sq.km (19.7 sq.mi)

1308 - Cistercians receive a land grant to form new settlements in the mountain region. A border settlement called Stare Cło (German: Altzoll, English: Old Customs Post) is founded soon thereafter.
1346 - Nowy Targ founded by King Casimir the Great, based on the Stare Cło settlement, and granted significant internal autonomy based on Magdeburg law.
1487 - King Casimir IV Jagiellon grants the rights to two annual festivals, and a weekly market fair on Thursdays. (The weekly open-air market continues to this day, now on Thursday and Saturday mornings.)
1533 - Nowy Targ obtains a statute requiring merchants to pass through the city when crossing the border.
1601 - Great fire destroys the parochial church and city records.
1656 - Swedish troops sack the town during the Deluge.
1710 - Another fire consumes 41 houses, the church and the villagepump.
1770 - Nowy Targ annexed by Austria (Partitions of Poland).
1886 - City Hall opens.
1918 - The region rejoins the restored Poland after World War I.
1933 - Polish president Ignacy Mościcki visits; the successful ice hockey team Podhale Nowy Targ is founded.
1939 - German and Slovak forces invade on 1 September, at approx. 16:30.
1941 - Resistance movement called the Tatra Confederation formed in Nowy Targ.
1942 - Jewish ghetto liquidated by Germans on 30 August.
1945 - The Red Army forces out German occupants on 29 January.
1979 - Pope John Paul II visits Nowy Targ on 8 June, during his first pilgrimage to Poland.
1998 - The successful floorball team KS Szarotka Nowy Targ is founded.

Arms (in use for a long time) adopted officially on April 30, 2003 (resolution # 27/VII/03)
Flag adopted in 2006 (no precise date given).
"Arms: an image of Saint Catherine of Alexandria (patroness of the town) on blue.
Flag: vertical, white, with the Arms in the middle and the name of the town above it."
Chrystian Kretowicz, 13 Dec 2008


Nowy Targ city Coat of Arms

[Nowy Targ city coat of arms] image by Chrystian Kretowicz, 13 Dec 2008
adopted 30 Apr 2003