Lublin – the most interesting tourist attractions
Lublin is a city located in the Lublin Upland, in the eastern part of Poland. It is traversed by the Bystrzyca River, over which rises, among others, the historic Marian Lutoslawski Bridge, decorated with beautiful turrets. During a trip to Lublin, it is worth strolling through the historic Old Town, marvelling at the façades of Renaissance townhouses and stopping for lunch at one of the restaurants serving delicious local cuisine – such as the aromatic Lublin forszmak, a thick soup with smoked bacon, poultry and vegetables, served in a hollowed-out loaf of bread.
When visiting the Old Town, be sure to go to the local market square, where you will find, among other things, the former town hall, or Crown Main Tribunal, and many beautifully decorated townhouses. Particularly noteworthy are the Chociszewska, Lubomelski, Konopniców, Muzyków and Wieniawski townhouses. The latter is where the famous composer Henryk Wieniawski was born. Architecture lovers will also be delighted by the 17th century tenement houses on Grodzka Street, near the market square. Two of them, formerly owned by a well-known family of pharmacists from Lublin, now house the interesting Pharmacy Museum.
A trip to Lublin? These monuments are worth seeing!
Lublin’s attractions, however, are not only historic residential buildings. Tourists are also attracted by the castle complex. The castle itself was built in the 12th century. Although it has been rebuilt many times since then, and was used as a prison during the German occupation and in the post-war period, today the beautifully restored building is open to tourists. It houses the Lublin Museum, where visitors can admire paintings by, among others, Jan Matejko, Józef Chełmoński, Olga Boznańska and Juliusz Kossak. The complex also features a Romanesque donjon from the 13th century – one of the oldest buildings in the region. Also worth seeing is the castle’s Holy Trinity Chapel and a fragment of the castle walls with a tower. The Krakowska Gate – a fragment of the city’s defensive walls – has also been preserved in the city and is now its symbol.
During a tour of Lublin, you can also visit many impressive religious buildings. Among the most important are the Baroque St John’s Church, one of the largest in the city, St Stanislaus Basilica with its adjoining Dominican Monastery, and St Joseph the Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, located in the city centre. While strolling around this part of Lublin, it is worth seeing the beautiful baroque Lubomirski Palace, as well as the New Town Hall and the Grand Hotel Lublinianka, which once housed the Lublin Industrialists’ Fund. The latter, thanks to a clever light installation, looks beautiful after sunset.
When visiting Lublin, it is also important to learn about its Jewish history. The city was once home to a diverse Jewish community that had existed here since the Middle Ages. Lublin was often called the Jerusalem of the Polish Kingdom. It is worth seeing the Jewish cemetery, which is the oldest Jewish necropolis in Poland, the Yeshiva – Yeshivas Chachmei Lublin – the once world-famous Rabbinical College, and visiting Grodzka Gate, the former passage between the Christian and Jewish cities, which today houses a fascinating museum.
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