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Pelplin

Pelplin is a small town in Tczew County, Pomeranian Voivodship, Poland. Population: 9,993 (2007). The former Pelplin Abbey is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pelplin, and the abbey church is now Pelpin Cathedral.Geographical locationPelplin lies in a valley on both sides of river Wierzyca, a left affluent of river Vistula in Pomeralia, which ends up in the Vistula at the town of Gniew. Pelplin is located about 11km west of the Vistula, 12km south-east of the town of Starogard Gdański, 19km south-west the town of Tczew and 50km south of the regional capitol of Gdańsk. It is surrounded by a chain of little hills, its altitude varies between 8m above sea level at the lowlands of the Vistula in the east and 86m above sea level at 'Czubatka' hill in the west.HistoryArchaeological findings have revealed that human settlements existed in the region of the town already during the Stone age and the Bronze Age.The history of Pelplin is tightly interwoven with the history of the Monastery of Pelplin, which according to the monastery's chronicle was founded in 1274 by Mestwin II, Duke of Pomerania. The monastery of Pelplin had a forerunner in the monastery of the Cistercians in Pogutken located at the upper course of the Wierzyca, which had been founded in 1258 by Sambor II, Duke of Pomerania. In 1276 the monks, which had come from the Monastery of Doberan in Mecklenburg to Pogutken, begun to transfer their monastery to Pelplin.
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