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Old City of Zamość

Old City of Zamość: Zamość was founded by Jan Zamoyski in 1580. Zamość was built as an ideal Renaissance city. The city was built on the trade route linking the Black Sea and Northern and Western Europe. At the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries the City of Zamość was one of the most impressive fortresses of Poland. The Old City of Zamość was surrounded by a wall and seven bastions, only the 7th bastion is fully preserved. The Church of St. Nicholas is a former Orthodox church, built in 1618-1631. The Church of St. Nicholas had a defensive purpose and is located near the bastions of Zamość. Jan Zamoyski and members of his family are buried in Zamość Cathedral. The Bell Tower of Zamość Cathedral houses three historic bells, 'Jan' (4300 kg) is the biggest and oldest and one of the largest bells in Poland. The Great Market Square of Zamość is one of the most beautiful 16th century squares in Europe, the Town Hall of Zamość and the 17th century Armenian Houses are lining the Great Market Square. The Town Hall and Armenian Houses were built in the Mannerist style. Other examples of the Mannerist style in Poland can be found in Kraków and Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. Zamość is located in eastern Poland. The Old City of Zamość was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1992.

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Old City of Zamość - Old City of Zamość: The Great Market Square is one of the most beautiful 16th century squares in Europe. The Great Market Square of Zamość...

Old City of Zamość: The Great Market Square is one of the most beautiful 16th century squares in Europe. The Great Market Square of Zamość impresses with its dimensions and the beautiful Armenian houses. The city of  Zamość was founded in 1580, it was built as an ideal Renaissance city. Zamość was built on a trade route linking the Black Sea and Northern and Western Europe. The Old City of Zamość was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1992.

  1. Old City of Zamość - Old City of Zamość: The Great Market Square is one of the most beautiful 16th century squares in Europe. The Great Market Square of Zamość...

    Old City of Zamość: The Great Market Square is one of the most beautiful 16th century squares in Europe. The Great Market Square of Zamość impresses with its dimensions and the beautiful Armenian houses. The city of  Zamość was founded in 1580, it was built as an ideal Renaissance city. Zamość was built on a trade route linking the Black Sea and Northern and Western Europe. The Old City of Zamość was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1992.

  2. Old City of Zamość - Old City of Zamość: The Town Hall was built at the turn of the 16th and 17th century. The Town Hall was designed by the Italian architect Bernardo...

    Old City of Zamość: The Town Hall was built at the turn of the 16th and 17th century. The Town Hall was designed by the Italian architect Bernardo Morando and built in the Mannerist style. The tower is 51 metres high. The staircase was added in the second half of the 18th century. At noon in the summer, a trumpeter plays the Zamość signal from the tower. The Town Hall of the City of Zamość is still the seat of the town council.

  3. Old City of Zamość - Old Town of Zamość: The most beautiful houses on the Great Market Square are the Armenian Houses. The 17th century yellow painted...

    Old Town of Zamość: The most beautiful houses on the Great Market Square are the Armenian Houses. The 17th century yellow painted 'Under the Madonna House', owes its name to a bas-relief on the façade. The ornamented Armenian Houses are now home to the Zamość Museum. Zamość was modelled on Italian theories of the ideal city. Zamość was founded by Jan Zamoyski in 1580. He also founded four other cities in Poland.

  4. Old City of Zamość - Old City of Zamość: The 17th century 'Under the Married Couple House' was built in 1657. The 'Under the Married Couple House'...

    Old City of Zamość: The 17th century 'Under the Married Couple House' was built in 1657. The 'Under the Married Couple House' owes its name to the bas-relief on the façade. The colourful Armenian Houses were built in the Mannerist style, they belonged to Armenian merchants, who were invited to Zamość by Jan Zamoyski, the founder of the city, in order to give more activity to the development of the city. The Armenians were mainly engaged in trade and craft.

  5. Old City of Zamość - Old City of Zamość: The Cathedral of the Resurrection and St. Thomas the Apostle, also known as Zamość Cathedral. The cathedral was...

    Old City of Zamość: The Cathedral of the Resurrection and St. Thomas the Apostle, also known as Zamość Cathedral. The cathedral was established by Jan Zamoyski, the founder of the city. Zamość Cathedral was designed by Bernardo Morando. The cathedral was built in 1587-1598. The Zamość Cathedral has several side chapels. The most beautiful is the Zamoyski Chapel, the influential Zamoyski family used this chapel as a family mausoleum.

  6. Old City of Zamość - Old City of Zamość: The Cathedral of the Resurrection and St. Thomas the Apostle, the Zamość Cathedral, has thin pillars and a fine vaulted...

    Old City of Zamość: The Cathedral of the Resurrection and St. Thomas the Apostle, the Zamość Cathedral, has thin pillars and a fine vaulted ceiling in the original Lublin Renaissance style. Jan Zamoyski, the founder of the city of Zamość, and other members of his family are buried in the Zamoyski Chapel of the Zamość Cathedral. It was a collegiate church until 1992, by decision of Pope John Paul II the church was recognized as a cathedral.

  7. Old City of Zamość - Old City of Zamość: The bells 'Tomasz' and 'Wawrzyniec' of Zamość Cathedral. The bell tower the cathedral is a...

    Old City of Zamość: The bells 'Tomasz' and 'Wawrzyniec' of Zamość Cathedral. The bell tower the cathedral is a freestanding tower, the 18th century bell tower of Zamość Cathedral houses three bronze bells: 'Tomasz' (1200 kg), 'Wawrzyniec (170 kg) and 'Jan' (4300 kg), the largest and oldest, named after the founder of Zamość,  'Jan' is one of the largest bells in Poland. It is possible to climb the bell tower of Zamość Cathedral.

  8. Old City of Zamość - Old City of Zamość: The bronze bell 'Jan' is the largest bell of the Zamość Cathedral, named after the founder of Zamość. While climbing...

    Old City of Zamość: The bronze bell 'Jan' is the largest bell of the Zamość Cathedral, named after the founder of Zamość. While climbing up the stairs of the bell tower of Zamość Cathedral you pass the three large historic bells 'Jan' (4300 kg), 'Tomasz' (1200 kg) and 'Wawrzyniec' (170 kg). The present stone Baroque bell tower of Zamość Cathedral is a separate and prominent tower, it was erected in 1755-1775 after the original wooden tower burned down.

  9. Old City of Zamość - Old City of Zamość: The Church of St. Nicholas is a the former Orthodox church, it was built in the period 1618-1631. In the 1690s a 38 metres...

    Old City of Zamość: The Church of St. Nicholas is a the former Orthodox church, it was built in the period 1618-1631. In the 1690s a 38 metres high tower with a Baroque dome was added. The church has got some features typical of the Moldavian Orthodox churches. The Church of St. Nicholas had a defensive purpose, the tower was used as an observation deck and to shoot from. The Church of St. Nicholas is located near the bastions of Zamość.

  10. Old City of Zamość - Old City of Zamość: The Nowa Brama Lubelska, the New Lublin Gate, and the town wall. At the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries, Zamość was one of...

    Old City of Zamość: The Nowa Brama Lubelska, the New Lublin Gate, and the town wall. At the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries, Zamość was one of the most impressive fortified cities of Poland, the fortifications were enlarged en reinforced by Rusland. The Old City of Zamość was surrounded by a wall, a moat and seven bastions. Only three gates led into the City of Zamość. The fortresses of Zamość were destroyed in 1866. Only the 7th bastion is preserved. 

  11. Old City of Zamość - Outside the historic centre of the Old City of Zamość. Zamość was an important trading and military centrum for many centuries. During WWII, the...

    Outside the historic centre of the Old City of Zamość. Zamość was an important trading and military centrum for many centuries. During WWII, the city was largely spared, but the loss of life was enormous. Nearly 8,000 people, Jews, Soviet prisoners of war, Polish partisans and citizens, were executed by the Nazi's in the historic fortifications of the City of Zamość. Under Nazi occupation, the name of Zamość was Himmlerstadt.

  12. Old City of Zamość - Old City of Zamość: The Old Rectory. The oldest parts of the Old Rectory in Zamość dates back to around 1200. The Old Rectory nowadays houses a...

    Old City of Zamość: The Old Rectory. The oldest parts of the Old Rectory in Zamość dates back to around 1200. The Old Rectory nowadays houses a museum. The City of Zamość was founded by Jan Zamoyski in 1580. Jan Zamoyski was a Polish nobleman and one of the most capable statesmen of his time.