Archive for the ‘Lubelskie’ Category

Zamosc

Zamosc is a city situated in the southern part of the Lubelskie Voivodeship. It is one of the major cultural, educational and tourist centers in this region. Due to its unique architecture it is called “a Pearl of the Renaissance”.
Most of the historical buildings are located in the Old Town which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1992. The main features distinguishing this historical city center are: the urban system preserved since the establishment, the Great Market Square with the Town Hall and fragments of the original fortress and fortifications. Other places worth seeing are The Cathedral of Lord’s Resurrection and St. Thomas the Apostle, the Rotunda, Zwierzyniec, The Water Market Square and many other secular buildings, churches as well as the buildings of the Jewish heritage.
Apart from the Old Town there are many other attractions in Zamosc like a horse cab from which you can do some sightseeing and Park Miejski which is a beautiful municipal park where you can take a walk or rent a boat and enjoy the beauty of nature. Moreover, in Zamosc there is also the only zoo in the region. When you are tired, you can always sit in cozy cafes and restaurants which offer local cuisine.
Zamosc is also an important cultural center. There are many various cultural institutions and organizations thanks to which every year in Zamosc numerous national and international events connected with theater, folklore, music, history and other fields of art are held.
Zamosc is an ideal place for architecture lovers and those who are looking for unusual atmosphere. Everyone can find here something for himself.

Roztocze National Park

Roztocze National Park is a National Park situated in eastern Poland, covering the area of 84km2. It was founded in 1974. The seat of the park is Zwierzyniec, which is a tourist center located close to the Park.
The Roztocze National Park is characterized by exceptionally rich flora and fauna. The varied flora includes, for example, mountain, atlantic, and northern steppe species, as well as plants typical for the lowland areas. The most noteworthy are orchid species and garlic. The Park has a typical forest character, 95% of the area is covered by forests of beech, pine and fir.
While admiring the nature and beautiful plants tourists can also encounter different kinds of animals like deer, fox, wolf, wild pig, elk, beaver and other typical animals of the forest. Other species living in the Park are birds, fishes and reptiles. The biggest attraction of the park and its emblem are Polish ponies which live in the wild in a separate area. Ponies can be observed from a special observation tower near to the Echo pond.
In the park there are 5 tourist routs, 9 education paths and several cycle routes. The park offers other attractions for the visitors like art and environmental exhibitions, movie shows, guided tours, educational courses for children and youth and lectures. All of these activities take place in the Museum and Educational Centre which is located in the territory of the park.
Near the National Park in Zwierzyniec there are few small hotels, as well as a camping, and some private accommodation possibilities.

Chelm

Chelm is a city located in the eastern Poland,just 50 km from the border with Belarus and 25 kilometers from the border with Ukraine.
The central area of Chelm is the Chelm Hill from which there is an amazing view of the city and where the Cathedral Complex is. The main monument situated in this area is the Basilica of the Birth of the Virgin Mary. Not far away from the Basilica there is the Uscilugska Gate the oldest building in the city which dates back to the beginning of the 17th century and is fitted into a chain of the other constructions. Nearby there is another important sacral building which is the Basilian Monastery. Next to it there is the Orthodox Virgin Mary Brotherhood of Chelm.
To the west from Chelm Hill there is the Old City where on the central place is Market Square with the remains of the former Town Hall. Noteworthy is also a reconstructed well and the memorial which commemorates those who died for the homeland. The sacral buildings are not only on the Chelm Hill. There are also two synagogues, an Orthodox Church, the Church of Saint Andrew the Apostle and many others. This shows the great religious diversity and differences between the styles of various churches.
The main attraction in Chelm are the underground Chelm Chalk Tunnels. You can walk along the two kilometer route at a depth of 27 metres, leading through old chalk passages hewn out by hand. The tunnels are unique in Europe and even the world.
Chelm definitely stands out by a rich history of the three cultures: Polish, Russian and Jewish which can be seen from the architecture of the city. In Chelm you can see not only some sacral buildings but also visit interesting museums and galleries. This is also a city rich in natural beauty with many parks, nature paths and the Poleski Park Narodowy.

Majdanek concentration camp

Majdanek is the nazi concentration camp in Lublin. The real name of this camp is KL Lublin. Majdanek has been used since October 1941 to July 1944 after the Red Army entered the city.
The prisoners came from nearly 30 countries. The most numerous group were the citizens from Poland and the Soviet Union. Recent studies show that in the camp were killed about 59000 Jews and about 19 000 citizens of other nationalities, mostly Poles and Belarusians. Camp consisted of three sectors: the SS segment, the administration section and the prisoner sector. The prisoner sector was made up of barracks which didn’t have any sanitary equipment. There were also gas chambers and the crematorium.
In the territory of the former concentration camp in November 1944 The State Museum at Majdanek was founded. Museum was created in order to commemorate the victims and to develop historical education about the German occupation during the II World War. One of its aims was also protecting the buildings as well as documenting the history about the concentration camp at Majdanek. The Museum offers many exhibitions which are meant to show the tragic history of this place and people who died here or who survived. There are many different exhibitions: outdoor, historical, multimedia and some temporary exhibitions. Most of the historical buildings are open to visitors. People can learn about the history of each camp relic and read the memories of witnesses which are placed on the boards.
Majdanek is worth visiting not only in order to see the mistakes of the past, but also draw conclusions and learn more about the history.

Lublin

Lublin is one of the biggest cities in eastern Poland and is the capital of the Lubelskie Voivodeship. It is a city of rich history, multicultural tradition and the city of the Union of Lublin where through the ages different nations, cultures and religions have coexisted.
Because of the fact that Lublin is one of the oldest cities in Poland, it preserved many monuments from different periods, from the beginning of the Polish Statehood, through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to the Baroque.
The Old Town, the central district of Lublin, is one of the most beautiful old towns in Poland. This picturesque area consists of many well preserved buildings and monuments such as The Old Town Hall, The Cracow Gate, which together with the city walls was built in the 14th century and the Dominikan Church and Monastery Complex with eleven chapels. The most wonderful of them are the Chapel of the Firlej Family and the Tyszkiewicz Chapel. The other precious building in the Old Town is the Lublin Castle with the Chapel of the Holy Trinity – one of the most interesting monuments of Medieval architecture in Europe.
The next worth seeing part of the city is Krakowskie Przedmiescie – the main street in Lublin which leads to the Old Town. This is the ideal place for the entertainment due to the fact that it contains many cafes, restaurants and street stores.
Lublin is known as a cultural center of the region with numerous galleries, museums, art exhibitions, festivals which constantly expand its offer. The most noteworthy museums are Majdanek State Museum and Museum of the Lublin Village.
Rich history, location in a multicultural melting pot, diverse architecture, the cultural offer makes this city special. All these qualities encourage people to visit this stunning city. Everyone can find here an inspiration.

 

Kazimierz Dolny

Kazimierz Dolny is a beautiful town  from the 13th century, located in the Lubelskie Voivodeship. Its golden age dates back to the 16th and 17th century and from this period come the most of the monuments.

Because of the urban, wonderful architecture, historical monuments and unique, attractive landscape Kazimierz Dolny is the best place to visit and constantly attracts more and more tourists.
The most popular and significant places to see are St. John the Baptist and St. Bartholomew the Apostle Parish Church – the oldest church in town, originally Gothic church which was later rebuilt in the Renaissance style, St. Anne’s Hospital Church and the Castle. The Castle in Kazimierz Dolny is located on the hill near the Vistula River and is dated to the 14th century. At the beginning this building was used to defensive purposes only. Over the years it has been extended e.g. by adding the attic which gave the castle the Renaissance style.
Besides visiting the historical monuments in Kazimierz, you can also spend your holidays differently. If you prefer active holidays there is a possibility, for instance, to rent a bike to see Kazimierz from a different perspective and enjoy the beauty of nature. Cruises on the Vistula River are also a great way to spend free time. There are several ships of different sizes from small to large ones.
Kazimierz is also known for its connection with the art. In town there are plenty of museums and art galleries. What is more, every year different kinds of music and film festivals are held here.
Kazimierz Dolny is one of the most important and most enchanting places in Poland. The local architecture is characterized by romanticism and charm. These features as well as its rich cultural heritage encourage people to come to this town to feel this romantic atmosphere.