"A Glimpse of Lublin" Lublin by evaanna

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Photo by Andrzej Kaznowski

Lublin is situated in the south east of the country and is Poland's ninth largest city.The first settlement in the area was set up as early as the 6th century AD and the first church was built there in 1282. Lublin got its civic charter already around 1257. In the 15th - 16th centuries it was a thriving market town owing to its location along the trading route from the Black Sea to the west of Europe. It was then that the Lublin Old Town was built. In 1569 Lublin was the venue of signing the act of union between Poland and Lithuania. The 17th century brought a setback in the town's development due to numerous raids of the Cossacks from the east and the Swedish 'deluge', which turned many of the buildings into ruin. In addition, it was the time of the Great Plague, which killed thousands.
In spite of these, Lublin was then one of the leading centres of the Reformation in Poland. The first printing press was set up there already in the 16th century by the Jews and a Polish one followed suit soon afterwards.
During the partitions of Poland Lublin changed hands three times. In 1792 it became part of Russia, three years later - of Austria, and then reverted to Russia in 1815. During WWI the town was occupied by German and Austro-Hungarian troops. After the war it was in Lublin that the first government of independent Poland was established. In 1918 Lublin got its first university.
World War II brought an end to the town's peace and prosperity. As early in the war as 23.09.1939 the first 23 representatives of Lublin inteligentsia were shot, and this was followed by numerous public executions throughout the war. The Jewish community, who made up a third of the town's population, was wiped out, first by executions in the Jewish Cemetery and later on a mass scale by deportations from the Lublin Ghetto to concentration camps. One of those camps, Majdanek, was actually set up in the city itself.

Lublin is now again a thriving city with some industrial plants, shopping malls, supermarkets, two universities and many historical monuments which were not destroyed during the war. It is worth visiting for its numerous old churches, palaces, the castle, the Old Town. I wish I knew it better, then I could write more about its atmosphere. As it is, I only saw it two or three times in passing on our way elsewhere. The pictures were taken by my friend Andrzej Kaznowski, who visited the town during the long May weekend this year. I thought it would be a pity not to use them.

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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jul 25, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Wonderful frescoes and I love the look of Lublin Castle!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Oct 23, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Beautiful photos of Lublin's wonderful architecture! It is amazing that this city is so vibrant now, despite its many trials and tribulations down through the centuries. Great (but very sad) historical information on the various fates of its population.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2009 at 3:50 AM

    Impressive Castle and Cathedral here in Lublin.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Oct 19, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Interesting page! I wondered why the name of Lublin sounded familiar but you gave the sad nswer in your second tip.

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    May 10, 2008 at 4:42 AM

    thanks for the little peek at Lublin. So many fantastic places I haven't seen in Poland. Amazing that so much of the old has survived.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Mar 1, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Lupin is so fascinating and a place I would love to see. Your tips and great; your introduction is extraordinary.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2007 at 2:00 PM

    Glad to hear that Lublin is now a thriving city again, after all its troubles over the centuries.

  • sihi's Profile Photo
    Jun 25, 2007 at 1:28 PM

    Beautiful page and tips!! Lublin looks to be real pearl. :)

  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Jun 24, 2007 at 11:25 AM

    Interesting old places to visit , it seems.

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Jun 21, 2007 at 8:16 AM

    a good start with 2 tips, I will be back !


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