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Very classical, standard POV, from Zamość, but there are not so much photos from there on TE, so why not? it is a main square with the City Hall. Specially the impressive stairs are famous.

Zamość was designed to outshine the royal residence of Kraków that Jan Zamoyski greatly disliked. The whole project, including the construction of the town that was also a mighty fortress, was carried out within twenty years (1580- 1600). For his great plan, Zamoyski commissioned an Italian architect from Padua, Bernardo Morando, who became the author of all important buildings such as the palace, arsenal, collegiate church, town hall, and burgher houses in the market square.

Zamość is a unique urban and architectural complex, quite close to the idea of a ‘perfect city’. It is often referred to as the Pearl of the Renaissance as it features buildings of great beauty and historical value. The Old Town Square is dominated by a lofty town hall and lined with arcaded burgher houses. Some of them are richly decorated and those belonged to Armenian merchants. The mighty basilica contains outstanding art pieces. The Zamoyski Palace and the Academy, adapted to their current functions, have lost a lot of their former splendor. Very impressive are the former fortifications, in places seven meter thick, that surround the Old Town complex. The Old Town of Zamość is on UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage List.

Tourists are attracted to Zamość by its historical monuments, peaceful ambience, cultural events, art galleries and cozy accommodations. Its location in southeastern Poland, far away from the main tourist routes, ensures true rest and relaxation. The attractiveness of its location is much enhanced by the picturesque Roztocze landscape, a real “pearl of nature” that is found in the neighborhood. Not far from Zamość is Lublin, a city known for the multitude of historical monuments. (

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