Elk, Poland

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Ełk (former Polish name: Łęg) is a town in north-eastern Poland with 60000 inhabitants (2000).

Situated in the Warmian-Masurian Voivodship (since 1999), previously in Suwalki Voivodship (1975-1998). The city lies on a shore of Ełckie-lake formed by glacier. Surrounded by forests, the area is one of the most attractive touristic regions of Poland.

One of the biggest attractions is hunting in large beautiful forests.

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History

In the middle ages Ełk was a home town of German crusaders, who built a little castle, which still exists.

When Ełk was a part of Germany (East Prussia), it was known by its German name Lyck.

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Spiritual

Ełk is a center of Diocese of Ełk with its bishop Jerzy Mazur. Main religion is roman catholicism, although protestant churches are also represented and play an important role in the religious life of the population.

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