Wigancice Żytawskie / Weigsdorf


Demolished 1999

The Disappointed Tourist: Weigsdorf, Ellen Harvey, 2021. Oil and acrylic on Gessoboard, 18 x 24″ (46 x 61 cm). Photograph: Etienne Frossard.

The picturesque village of Wigancice Żytawskie / Weigsdorf in Poland was demolished to make way for a coal mine. There are calls for its reconstruction.

The village of Wigancice Żytawskie doesn’t exist physically since 1999, when it was liquidated as a result of the expansion of the Turów coal mine. Officially the village exists. Marianna D.