The Gostyń County is stated with beautiful nature, interesting landscapes, famous brand companies and products. It is also a place of numerous cultural events and above all there are interesting and passionate people.
The Gostyń County is located in the south-western part of Wielkopolska, covers seven municipalities and has 76,000 inhabitants. The county government's responsibilities include charge of secondary schools and special schools, supporting the work of the hospital, an orphanage, four social welfare homes, managing roads with a total length of nearly 500 km. It facilitates the activities of non-governmental organizations. Another important area of ??action is environmental protection.
The County is famous for its agriculture at a high level and bold business initiatives. On the basis of domestic agricultural products the food processing is thriving, and well-known manufacturers such as Heinz Pudliszki, Dairy Cooperative Gostyń or Kawon are recognized throughout the country. These products also come from the local industry: filters for vehicles and machinery, board containers and PVC pipes. The high concentration of carriages and coaches manufacturers is a large scale phenomenon. In Piaski, the Rehabilitation Center in Marysin is run by Brothers Hospitallers of St. John of God.
The continuous cooperation with the partner County of Allgäu in Bavaria thrives and concerns schools involved in the exchange of youth, culture, live orchestra and choir concerts. There is an extensive exchange of experiences between offices and employees; the best practices in the various spheres of activity are sought. In 2011, on the occasion of 10th anniversary of the partnership Hans-Joachim Weirather, the Head of County visited Gostyń coming in a quite original way ? by bike from Mindelheim.
The most magnificent building in the district is situated on a picturesque hill, known as the Holy Mountain, Baroque basilica of Philippine priests. This architectural jewel was built on the model of the church of Santa Maria della Salute in Venice - in the years 1675-1698 by the Italian architect Baldassare Longheny. The central part of the church, octagonal, is covered with one of the largest domes in Poland, with a width of 17 and a height of 50 m. The monastery was designed by Pompeo Ferrari. A major turning point in the history of the church was at 17 December 1970, when Pope Paul VI raised the church as a Minor Basilica. This place also has its cultural dimension. For several years, the Basilica of Oratorio Music Festival "Musica Sacromontana" is held in the autumn, during which the most outstanding bands and soloists perform classical music.
Among the cherished objects of religious architecture you should also pay attention to the region's oldest Marian shrine at Zdzież in Borek Wielkopolski, as well as the belonging to the most historical sights of Wielkopolska - St. Giles church in Krobia, probably built in the twelfth century. Moreover, in the not too distant village Domachowo, is a charming wooden church.
The attention of visitors is attracted by numerous mansions and palaces. Objects in Zimnowoda castle in Rokosowo in which operates The Centre for European Integration and palaces in Pępowo, Gębice, Gogolewo and Szelejewo inspire, are delightful and justyfy the material's rich legacy of landowners in the area. A must for visitors is the village Grabonóg, where there is a restored manor house, the birthplace of Blessed Edmund Bojanowski. From other objects which should be mentioned are museums in Gostyń: vintage cars Jan & Maciej Peda and the city museum. It is impossible to overlook the carpentry and bishops? land museum in Krobia. Seeking contact with nature, we recommend the reservoir in Jeżewo.
In the recent years the biggest investment of the County has been completed: the modernization of the hospital in Gostyń and the hospital equipment purchase. With the private funds a modern dialysis station was built. Many investments on roads were carried. A new pavilion at secondary agricultural school in Grabonóg was build and old buildings were thermo-renovated. A new sports hall with the audience has been founded at the secondary comprehensive school in Gostyń. The Regional Centre for Environmental Education, one of the few places in Wielkopolska has been created at the Complex of Vocational and Comprehensive Schools in Gostyń.
The biggest advantage of the county are residents. Attached to tradition, yet confident and open for the future. The cooperativeness has flourished here for many centuries, it combined in the local economy, mutual integration of people and patriotism. The role of tradition can be seen for example in the development of sub-regional folklore called Biskupizna (Bishops? land). Characteristic costumes, music and rediscovered habits are great attractions. NGOs and rural communities are working really effectively in the county, taking a number of interesting initiatives. Different types of grant programs to support residents? actions for recreation, sports and culture are created.
The NGOs Forum is annually held with the solemn formula, it is a real feast for all those socially committed to helping others. "The Volunteer of the year", is elected - a distinction immensely popular and prestige. The county launched a grant program for village administration. The aim of the program is to use and strengthen the potential of rural communities, funding the best ideas and the social integration. The county government subsidizes NGOs activities as their important role is recognised. The authorities also established the Local Activity Center. In turn, "County Night of Education" is a good example of popularisation of schooling and learning. At that evening, schools open their doors presenting visitors with many attractions in the form of experiments, demonstrations and exercises.
An example of a successful idea and the involvement of the association, is a race for amateur cycling teams called Amber Road. This is the only type of the race in the country for a distance of 100 km. Traditionally, the last weekend of August is celebrated as a County Day, which tempts and attracts with many attractions.
The Basilica, the game of chess and the figure of Napoleon combines some legend. In 1806, the English tied intrigue, intricate action under the code name "chess-player". Using a machine to play chess, called "mechanical Turk", they wanted to attract and capture Napoleon to insert in its place a double, a priest of the Basilica. A would-be Napoleon was a real person - Fr. Stefan Błażewski, who actually was strikingly similar the emperor.
"Military Zone" is a huge historical event in which the characters and actors are members of military reenactment groups from around the country. Lovers of history and military give an excellent lesson of the past. Every visitor is astonished so remember to book a weekend in mid-July. It is organized by the Association of History Militaris.
Last Saturday and Sunday of September and the first weekend in October is a time of Oratorio Music Festival Musica Sacramontana. The tradition of music on the Holy Mountain monastery has existed since the seventeenth century. Many prominent musicians and composers worked here. They created new works for the existing sanctuary, and gathered the greatest musical works of contemporary European admirers. Music heirloom is therefore centuries-old monastery musical library. There are original works by composers such as Jan Wański, Maximilian Koperski and Józef Zeidler.
During each music festival a new record is created.