Zamość

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These are called "Armenian Houses" The entire old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The details on the façades are beautiful.

 

The drive from Lublin to Zamość was a lot faster than I had expected.  There wasn't much traffic and the road was very good - only two lanes, but in great condition and with good visibility when we needed to pass other cars - or others needed to pass us. The countryside is not quite as green as it is between Warsaw and Lublin, but it is pretty country. More dry but still a lot of green forest and farmland along the way. We got to Zamość at about 6 p.m.

This small Renaissance town is really pretty - it was planned and built at one time - starting in 1580 following a Renaissance plan for what would be considered the ideal town.

It is located on what was once a main trade route between the Black Sea and North and Western Europe.  It was entirely financed by one family - that of nobleman and magnate Jan Zamojski (who owned 11 cities and 200 villages!) Zamość still conserves its original layout and fortifications. The houses in the town have beautifully decorated façades and many are brightly painted. 

The town is the site where one of the most important actions of the Polish resistance during WW2 - the Zamość Uprising - took place after over 110 thousand Poles were expelled to make room for German and Ukrainian settlers as part of Nazi plans for the establishment of German colonies in conquered territories in 1942-43. 

The first thing we did when we reached the town was find a place to park and look for a place to stay for the night. There was a room at the Orbis Hotel - it was a little pricey, but nice. We took the room, checked in and then went to wander around the town and look for something for dinner.  While wandering we saw an old synagogue, fortifications, and plenty of beautiful buildings.  August is a time for festivals and one was going on here too.  There was live music at the main market square and we sat at an outdoor café listening to the music, eating a salad and enjoying the atmosphere and another Polish beer!

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These are called Armenian Houses…
These are called "Armenian Houses…
Town Hall
Town Hall
Orbis hotel in Zamość / where we…
Orbis hotel in Zamość / where w…
Old Synagogue in Zamość
Old Synagogue in Zamość
Another view of the Old Synagogue …
Another view of the Old Synagogue…
View of the market square. Definit…
View of the market square. Defini…
Market Square
Market Square
Market Square
Market Square
Market Square
Market Square
View of the Tower on the City Hall.
View of the Tower on the City Hall.
City Hall. The ornamental stairway…
City Hall. The ornamental stairwa…
Market Square
Market Square
Market Square with the brightly co…
Market Square with the brightly c…
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