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Presentation of Polish Cities

LUBLIN

Chief cultural centre in the present-day east-central part of Poland, with two universities (including the Catholic University of Lublin, founded in 1918).

CITY SIGHTSEEING

On the River Bystrzyca, Lublin entails an interesting old quarter within fortification walls, a 15th-century Town Hall (with later additions), and a Renaissance Dominican Church and Priory. A wide vista of the city is to be had from Lublin Castle, which houses the collection of Polish art and folk crafts of the Museum of Lublin. The Cathedral in a Lublin version of the Renaissance style, and Baroque interior decoration, stands in the Plac Katedralny. During the Second World War Nazi terror was rampant in the area. In October 1941 at Majdanek, a southern suburb of Lublin, the Nazis set up a concentration camp. The largest groups of victims were the Poles and the Jews. Today there is a Memorial Museum and mausoleum on the site, and also an ecumenical prayer house.

LOCAL EXCURSIONS IN THE ENVIRONS OF LUBLIN

Lublin 1. Kazimierz Dolny

Kazimierz is a little jewel of local Renaissance urban design, in an exceptionally picturesque setting over the Vistula. Along the access road from Pulawy you can see some surviving Renaissance granaries. Special atmosphere and the local colour have for years been attracting outdoor painters, writers, and young people to Kazimierz. St. Anna's Church (17th-century) and the reformed Franciscan Priory are worth a visit. Numerous galleries and museums grace the town.

2. Pulawy

This town has inextricable historical connections with the Czartoryski aristocratic family. Isabelle Czartoryska, nee Flemming was a distinguished lover of the arts and organised an impressive art collection here in the late l8th century. The extant late 17th century palace and park are in the Baroque style. The old grounds contain Romantic follies built at the turn of the l8th and l9th centuries. The present-day church was once the Czartoryski private chapel, modelled on the Romanesque rotunda scheme.
 
 
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