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Wągrowiec is a town in north-western Poland, 50 km in north from Poznan, Poland. Between 1793 and 1919, this area was part of the Prussian province of Posen and was called by the 'germanized' spelling of "Wongrowitz".

Situated in the Greater Poland Voivodship (since 1999), previously in Pila Voivodship (1975-1998). Population - 24 481 inh.: men - 11 896 women - 12 585, average age - 32,4. Area - 17,9 sq. km. The region around the town is rich in many lakes. Durowskie Lake is situated in center of the town. The very special attraction, rare even in the world is the crossing point of two rivers: Nielba and Welna. Wagrowiec is an important rail and road junction.

In 1319 small village called Prostynie situated on the island on the Welna river was bought by Cysters from Lekno. In 1381 Wagrowiec was mentioned first time as the town. At the end of XVI century king Wladyslaw Jagiello gave privilege of the market and fair. In the years 1655-56 in Swedish hands. After second Poland partition, in Prussia borders (in years 1807-1855 belonged to Ksiestwo Warszawskie, Warsaw Duchy). After 1919 again in polish borders. In years 1918-19 inhabitants of Wagrowiec fought in Greater Poland Uprising. Here was born Jakub Wujek (1541), author of translation Holy Scripture into polish language. Most important places of interest are: the Gothic parish church with a belfry, baroque monastery and a Postcistercian church, an abbey called "Opatowka"- the former seat of the Cistercian Abbots, at now seat of a Regional Museum, a pyramid of Lakinski - the tomb of a captain of Napoleon's army in the shape of a pyramid. Famous sport club Nielba is working here. Men handball team is playing in polish second division, men soccer team plays in polish fourth division.

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