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Sopot is a seaside town in Eastern Pomerania on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea in northern Poland, with a population of approximately 40,000.

Sopot is a city with powiat (county) status, in Pomeranian Voivodeship. Until 1999 it formed a part of the Gdańsk Voivodeship. Along with Gdańsk and Gdynia, Sopot is part of the trojmiasto (Tricity) metropolitan agglomeration.

Sopot is a large health-spa and tourist resort destination, well known for the longest wooden pier in Europe, the Molo (at 515.5 meters), from which one can see the Gulf of Gdańsk. The city is also famous for its Sopot International Song Festival, the largest such event in Europe after the Eurovision Song Contest.

Sopot was founded as a Slavonic (Pomeranian) stronghold in the 7th century. Initially it was a commercial trade outpost for commerce extending both up the Vistula river and to cities north across the Baltic Sea. With time the significance of the stronghold diminished and by the 10th century it was reduced to a fishing village, with the village itself eventually abandoned. However, a century later the area was settled again and two villages were founded within the confines of today's' city: Stawowie and Gręzowo. They were first mentioned in 1186 as being granted to the Cistercian abbey in Oliwa. Another of the villages that constitute today's Sopot, Świemirowo, was first mentioned in 1212 in a document by Mestwin I, who granted it to the Premonstratensian (Norbertine) monastery in nearby Żukowo.

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  • Copyright: Seweryn Poniatowski (cyborg83) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 308 W: 26 N: 314] (4677)
  • Genre: Luoghi
  • Medium: Colore
  • Date Taken: 2008-07-05
  • Categories: Architettura
  • Esposizione: f/3.2, 1/400 secondi
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  • Versione Foto: Versione Originale
  • Date Submitted: 2008-07-10 1:10
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