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The History of the Area

Istebna, Koniaków and Jaworzynka are summit - placed villages of The Beskid Sląski situated in the south of Cieszyn Silesia. Their common name usually used is The Beskidy Triple Village.

Istebna - the home to local authority - lies around picturesque sunny hill of Złoty Groń in the Olza river - basin.
Koniaków - the highest placed of the three - has its kingdom on the slopes of Ochodzita, the highest hill in this part of the range stretching out east of the community.
Jaworzynka - south - western corner of the Beskid Sląski - is set in the valleys of the rivers Czadeczka and Krężelka.

Thanks to the climate and rich culture Triple Village have been one of the most attractive  tourist mountain regions of Poland. Istebna and Jaworzynka are the oldest of the three. First mentions are from 1577 (Istebna) and 1649 (Jaworzynka) whereas the village of Koniaków was found in 1712.

Historical researches say, that all three villages were associated with The Duchy of Cieszyn in the times of Silesian Piast Dynasty ruling (up to 1625). Then in 1653 Habsburg dynasty took control over the region to create out of it their profitable property called "Komora Cieszynska".

The process of settling down the region which started in XVth century had two main streams. One from northern flat land of Cieszyn Silesia and the other, much more important, from the south - east: Wolosi, nomad shepherds coming from the east of Romania. They used to move west searching new grazing fields reaching eventually green meadows of The Beskidy. Over the years their population mixed with local people and their way of wearing, working and worshiping affected the region life a lot.

The very first settlement in the area was Jasnowice, which name was derived from the religious sect called "Jasnowidze" (clair - voyants) settled down there after escape from religious persecution. The main activity of the citizens then was shepherding which was more profitable than traditional farming. 
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Added by: P.G. Added: 2005-08-05, godz. 10:03