Moszczenica, Jastrzębie-Zdrój

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Moszczenica (German: Moschczenitz) is a sołectwo in the south west of Jastrzębie-Zdrój, Silesian Voivodeship, southern Poland. It was an independent village but became administratively part of Jastrzębie-Zdrój in 1975. It has na area of 803 ha and on December 31, 2012 it had 3,078 inhabitants.


The village was first mentioned in a Latin document of Diocese of Wrocław called Liber fundationis episcopatus Vratislaviensis from around 1305 as item in Moschenicza debent esse XXIII) mansi. The creation of the village was a part of a larger settlement campaign taking place in the late 13th century on the territory of what would later be known as Upper Silesia. A Catholic parish was also established in the process. Politically the village belonged then to the Duchy of Racibórz, within feudally fragmented Poland. In 1327 the duchy became a fee of the Kingdom of Bohemia, which after 1526 became part of the Habsburg Monarchy. After the Silesian Wars it became a part of the Kingdom of Prussia. From the 16th to the 19th century the village belonged to the Wodzisław state country. In years 1954-1975 Moszczenica was part of the Wodzisław County.
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