Lay-Out and Spatial Development of Towns from Great Poland in the 13th Century – Preliminary Research

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Maurycy Kustra

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This paper deals with the problem of shaping landscape. The examples of towns of Great Poland from the 13th century were implemented and used. Their layout was not accidental. Towns were created with a substantial dose of accuracy. A market square was precisely laid out; roads were turned straight to the nearby towns, and plots were created for townsmen. It tended to be the final product of human thought and idea. The comparison of towns’ sizes shows that the same measures and similar schemes were used. In a medieval town each and every aspect was carefully planned and wellthought- out, but sometimes it was modified due to the terrain. Subsequent generations interpreted landscape on their own and occasionally changed the layout of a town. The contemporary appearance of towns is a product of thought materialisation in the living space. That is why the landscape of towns can be analysed and read.

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Kustra, M. (2014). Lay-Out and Spatial Development of Towns from Great Poland in the 13th Century – Preliminary Research. Studia Historiae Oeconomicae, 31, 19-33. https://doi.org/10.2478/sho-2013-0002
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Maurycy Kustra, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poznań

Kustra Maurycy – m. A. of archaeology, Phd candidate at Institute of Prehistory at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. His scientific interests focus on lay-out and spatial development of medieval towns from Great Poland. he is the author of a book (Pobiedziska wraz z okolicą w średniowieczu i u progu nowożytności, 2013), and several articles in scientific journals.