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Gizycko

Giżycko is a town in northeastern Poland with 29,796 inhabitants . It is situated between Lake Mamry and Lake Niegocin, and has been within the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship since 1999, having previously been in the Suwałki Voivodeship . It is the seat of Giżycko County.HistoryThe first known settlements in the area of Giżycko date back Roman times and are connected to Amber Road in vicinity of which Giżycko was located. A defensive grod was known to exist in the area, and some legent claims that in the IX it was ruled by king known as Izegup or Jesegup.In 1008 Bolesław I Chrobry sent an expedition to Christianize the Old Prussians ; according to the legend the missionary Bruno of Querfurt was killed by Sudovians near Lake Niegocin in 1009, and a memorial the Bruno – cross was erected near Loetzen in 1910.The Teutonic Knights built a castle in Prussia named Lötzen or Letzenburg and the town was first mentioned in 1340 as Lezcen, derived from Prussian language: lezuns. Lötzen was administered within the Commandry (komturei) of Balga. The settlement near the castle received town privileges, with a coat of arms and seal, in 1612 while part of the Duchy of Prussia.
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