Tourist attractions in Lublin

Lublin Market Square with the New City Hall

Lublin Market Square with the New City Hall ©Jean & Nathalie/Flick

Lublin is one of the ten biggest cities in Poland.

The first way of arriving tourists often leads to the beautiful old town through the Krakow Gate. The Old Town of Lublin is not typical. The narrow, curving streets, tall stone houses, irregularly shaped town square are result of the renaissance architectural style of that period. Lublin is very clean, not only in the Old Town area, but the entire city.

We would like to present you the most important tourist attractions in Lublin.

 

The Royal Castle of Lublin

The castle is one of the most important tourist attractions in Lublin. It was built in the 12th century, and then extended for several times until the 16th century. The castle was used as a royal residence, as a prison, and today is a cultural institution, housing a museum. It is a U shaped building with two floors and has a bastion and a round residential tower. In the courtyard of the castle lies the Holy Trinity Chapel.

The Royal Castle of Lublin in Poland

The Royal Castle of Lublin in Poland ©PolandMFA/Flick

The Krakow Gate

The name of the gate comes from the main road leading to Krakow. It was built in the 14th century after the Mongol invasion to protect the city. The building consists of two parts: a bastion and a side tower. The lower 2/3 has a square shape and the massive tower is covered by a Baroque top. The gate originally was built of red brick in Gothic style and it was closed by iron  gating.

The New City Hall

The City Hall located on the Market Square and was built at the beginning of the 19th century according to the plans of Alexander Groffy. It was built from the remains of the burned Carmelite church and monastery. Here you can find the famous painting of Dombecki, the march of general Zajaczek to Lublin.

Lublin Market Square with the New City Hall

Lublin Market Square with the New City Hall ©Jean & Nathalie/Flick

Krakowskie przedmiescie

This paved street already led to the square of Lithuania.in the 17th century. On the street you can find typical buildings of the 19th and 20th century. In 1997 the part from the Town Hall to Kapucynski Street became a pedestrian street. The street lies in north until the Baroque Holy Spirit Church built on medieval foundations and the new classicist town hall rose at the beginning of the 19th century.

The Lithuanian Square – the Lublin Union Monument

The Lithuaninan Square built in the beginning of the 19th century was the place of military parades for many years. According to tradition the Polish and Lithuanian nobility made an alliance at that place. To the initiative of Stanislaw Staszic, an obelisk was built on this square.

Grodzka Gate

This tourist attraction is a second entrance to the old city and leads to the castle of Lublin. In pre-war times was a symbol of the border between the Polish and Jewish city.

The Grodzka Gate in Lublin

The Grodzka Gate in Lublin ©AndrewH.uk/Flick

Museums in Lublin

From the museums on Lublin we would liket to mention the Lublin Province Museum that has a gallery of Polish historical and modern paintings and an exhibition of folk and arms, the Majdanek State Museum that is a former concentration camp, the Jozef Czechowicz Literary Museum that houses exhibitions of the poets and authors of the city and surroundings, the House of Vincent Pol. You could also visit the Skansen Museum, the Lublin Historical Museum and the Martyrdom Museum of the Gestapo Prison.

Chuches and cathedrals in Lublin

You can find many churches in Lublin. The most famous of them are the Holy Trinity Church, the Dominican Church, The Trinitarian Church, The Lublin Cathedral, The Carmelite Church and the Saint Mary’s Church.

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