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IDEA AND HISTORY OF THE TOWN

Idea of Knights’ town creation in Byczyna was born during the first Mediaeval Fair in 2003. Then an idea to create a touristic product which would be connected with Knights’ movement and would make a use of Byczyna’s historical traditions came into being.

In this way municipality Byczyna and Opolskie Bractwo Rycerskie (Opolian Knights’ Fraternity),  co-operating with each other at the organization of yearly tournaments decided to try in joined forces the construction  of the early-mediaeval town which would make up not only local touristic attraction but would also be the centre for meetings of Knights’ movement. The object could not be small, and the whole was also supposed to have utilitarian values. The obstacle were, as usual, limited finances.

Therefore, a co-operation with the partnership municipality of Zlaté Hory and Fencing Group from Jesenik was established, in order to apply for financing from the European Regional Development Fund in accordance with the requirements of the cross-border co-operation. In 2005 the parties were successful to prepare an application form and apply it for re-financing of the project. The common initiative succeeded. The funds for undertaking realisation were acquired from the European Regional Fund within Community Initiative INTERREG III A Poland - Czech Republic. Refinancing totalled in 2.771.000  zlotys, and the whole of costs 4,3 million.

Today, the wooden building is a sensation on the world scale. And the largest touristic attraction of the region.