58-580 Szklarska Poręba, Poland
Szklarska Poręba is a town in the Lower Silesia region of Southwestern Poland. The city has a population of about 7,000. It is a popular ski resort.
Szklarska Poręba, an important regional and national center for mountain, cycling and skiing tourism, is located in the Sudetenland, in the Stone Valley, between the Giant Mountains in the south and the Jizera Mountains in the west, at an altitude of 440-886 m above sea level, 16 km to the south west of Jelenia Góra. Ski resorts in this area are becoming increasingly popular as a budget alternative to the Alps, thanks to a wide range of ski resorts in both alpine and Nordic.
The village was established in the Lower Silesian Duchy of Jaworski by german colonists on a place purchased by the Knights of Hospitalisers from Calidus Fons, who were interested in gold and precious gems in the area. It was first mentioned in 1366 and 1372 in conjunction with a glass factory, a precursor to the famous later Josephinenhütte, as Schribirshau and Schreibershow.
In 1578, several Czech Protestants moved to the village and contributed greatly to its development. Among the refugees was Marie Pluch, who gave the Mariental district its name. Over time, the glass factory moved deeper into the mountains.
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