Zamość - Padua of the North

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  • Picture: Marek i Ewa Wojciechowscy | <a href="">CC BY-SA 3.0</a>Picture: Marek i Ewa Wojciechowscy | CC BY-SA 3.0

The pearl of the Renaissance, Padua of the North – that’s how those who have been to Zamość call this beautiful city. The fact that Zamość is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites is another proof of its great historical value.

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Today’s Poland can be barely described as a multicultural country. However, in the 17th century it was completely different. At that time Poland was a very attractive country for many rejected minority groups who wanted to flee from oppression. The structure of Zamość reflected that situation. The flourishing city was filled with people from different parts of Europe. The immigration process stimulated the growth of Zamość. The 17th century was also a time when Poland was involved in many conflicts which made it suffer from several invasions. In 1656 Zamość was attacked by Swedish troops that did not succeed to conquer the city.


The heart of Zamość is located in the Old Town. Here the old architectural style of the city has remained unchanged. Furthermore the original street plan hasn’t been altered at all. That’s why walking through the Old Town is like travelling in time. If you enjoy taking pictures, you should definitely go to the majestic Great Square. Thanks to its impressive size and lovely surroundings it is a paradise for photographers. As the dominant style of the Great Square is Baroque, most people notice the profusion of details and the artistic shapes of the buildings. Close to the Great Square there is an impressive town hall known for its peaked greenish towers. There are also Armenian stone houses with thoroughly decorated facades. There you will find a museum where you can learn more about the history of the city. Before the war there was a considerable minority of Jews living in Zamość. If you want to know more about their culture, you’re welcome to visit the Synagoga center, a modern Jewish museum.


When the sun comes out and you don’t feel like visiting any historical attractions, you can go to the zoo in Zamość. If you happen to have a pair of good hiking boots, you must visit W. Podobińska’s tourist route running through a landscape park, a source of unforgettable memories.

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It’s not always possible to participate in an unusual history lesson and end the day with a walk in the woods. You can do all that in Zamość. Visit this wonderful city and take part in a travel journey in a baroque city surrounded by almost untouched nature.

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How do you get to the magnficent city of Zamość? It's as easy as pie: take the plane to Warsaw, Kraków or Rzeszów and rent a car at the airport. You can, of course, take your own car and travel with the ferry to the continent. Book accommodation directly in the heart of Zamość. Don't forget to take care of your travel insurance!

Region: Lubelskie.

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