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Duszniki Zdroj - The Paper Mill.
Travellers entering Poland from the Czech Republic in Kudowa, in a region that used to be known as Grafschaft Glatz ("County of K³odzko"), will arrive after several miles in the town of Duszniki-Zdrσj, and the main road will take them past one of the region's many landmarks, the old paper mill on the river Bystrzyca. The clear water of the river, indispensable for paper manufacture, was the decisive reason why the mill was located here 400 years ago. Today the mill is still in business, the only enterprise of its kind in Poland and one of very few in Central Europe to practice the traditional art of genuine vat paper making.
The construction itself is well preserved and dates from 1605, as you can read it on the stone door lintel as well as in archival records. At that time it replaced an older construction after a damaging flood. Today it forms an early industrial complex, blending in with the surrounding countryside. It is characterised by its shingle roof of a local type, dark woodwork of the drying house excitingly contrasted against the old masonry and, in particular, its wooden volutes on the western gable end of the mill. The former residential / manufacturing house has a pavilion annexe that now serves as an entrance to the Museum.

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