Lubelskie - Kazimierz Dolny

The third largest Voivodship in Poland lies along the eastern borderlands of the country. Its neighbours are Belarus and the Ukraine, across the Bug River, a wild and twisting river. This is the area where Polish and Russian, Catholic, Orthodox and Jewish influences are all mixed together. It is a land which has seen many changes. A full-blooded borderland.

The Catholic sanctuary in Kodeń (famous for its miraculous painting of the Madonna de Guadalupe stolen by Mikołaj Sapieha, from the Pope himself) lies close to the Orthodox Monastery in Jabłeczna and the Greek-Catholic churches.
The Lubelskie Voivodship is the birthplace of many Jewish wise men; this is where the families of the greatest Jewish writers originated: Izrael Joszua and Isaac Bashevis Singer. It has also been the place of the Holocaust and today the German concentration camps in Majdanek and Sobibór have been turned into museums as a reminder of those terrible days.

The capital of the Voivodship – Lublin is the largest town in eastern Poland, this vibrant academic center (12 universities) and a historical settlement contains one of the largest European treasures in the St Trinitary Chapel in the castle; a Gothic vault embellished with unique Byzantine-Rus frescos.

Another treasure of the Lubelskie Voivodship is the town of Zamość – a perfect example of a Renaissance town designed on the model of Padova, listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. In Chełm there are also unique, on the European scale, underground tunnels hollowed out in the chalk beneath the historic Orthodox and Catholic churches.

Another place filled with charm is the popular town of Kazimierz Dolny on the Wisła and the palace in Kozłówka, one of the most beautiful aristocratic residences in Poland. You must not miss the Arab stud farms in Janów Podlaski; Shirley Watts, wife of the drummer of The Rolling Stones is one of the regular clients.

The most important natural areas are: the Poleski National Park located in the north – a vast area of moorland very similar to the tundra and the Roztoczański National Park – with calcareous hills and deep valleys and waterfalls. It is the kingdom of Polish ponies, the descendants of tarpans and temperate plants from south-eastern Europe.

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